You may or may not have heard that today there was a car bombing in Southern Damascus and at least 17 people were killed and at least 17 injured. So I thought I would write and let you know that I am ok and that I was not affected (although the sound of the explosion did wake me up).
I am currently living in a suburb of Damascus, called Jaramana, which is relatively close to where the explosion occurred, so I was within earshot of the blast. I have asked the locals and apparently the explosion was only 5 minutes by car away from where I am staying in Jaramana.
They don’t know exactly who is responsible just yet. It was the first explosion in Damascus since February when the Shiite Hezbollah leader Imad Moughniyah was killed in a car bombing in a residential neighborhood of Damascus.
Life in Damascus, however, is no different than any other day and it is as if nothing happened. Still, you may be happy to hear that I am planning on moving in a few days to a different area of Damascus, on the opposite side of the city from where the explosion occurred.