Bombings, clashes reported in Syrian capital

BEIRUT — A car bomb detonated a checkpoint near Baath party headquarters in Damascus set off a huge explosion Thursday, killing at least 40 and wounding 237, opposition groups said. 

“Most of the casualties appear to be civilians,” said the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog group that monitors the violence. The director uses the pseudonym Rami Abdulrahman.

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