A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 62 on Thursday when it exploded on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.
State news agency SANA said the bomb hit the al-Siyouf Square in Jaramanah. It blamed “terrorists”, a term the Syrian government uses for rebels who are fighting a two-year-old civil war against President Bashar al-Assad.
Bombs have previously hit Jaramanah, a religiously mixed area that houses supporters and opponents of Assad but which is under army control.
After rebel gains around the country, the army has pushed back in recent weeks and reinforced the capital while rebels hold outlying areas. The insurgents use mortars and car bombs to hit areas still held by the government.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday more than 100,000 people have now been killed in the Syrian civil war, as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference.
“More than 100,000 people have been killed, millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries,” Ban said.
“We have to bring this to an end, the military and violent actions must be stopped by both parties and it is thus imperative to have a peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible.”
The United States and Russia have vowed to press for a follow up to a peace conference held in Geneva last year which set out a transition plan.
Divisions between Syrian opposition groups and diplomatic hurdles thrown up by President Bashar al-Assad’s government have blocked efforts to call a new meeting.