Hitt og þetta 12. september 2006

DJ: Gunfire, Blasts Heard Near US Embassy In Syria

BEIRUT -- Explosions and gunfire erupted Tuesday near an area where foreign embassies including the U.S. Embassy are located in the Syrian capital of Damascus, a witness reported.

The witness said he couldn't tell exactly what was happening in the Abu Rummaneh area of the Syrian capital. The Iraqi Embassy also is in the neighborhood.

But the witness said "there was gunfire, explosions and quite a commotion" in the area.

Syrian security forces cordoned off a neighborhood where foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, are located in the Syrian capital.

Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the area after the midmorning reports of violence.

Security forces kept pedestrians away and there were no reports of additional gunfire.