Late on July 18, two small explosions rocked the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The explosions were caused by two improvised explosive devices, which had been planted near a stall in front of Anas Bin Malek mosque in Nahr Eshe neighborhood in the southwestern part of Damascus.
According to the SANA, a man was killed and another was injured in the explosions. The identity of the victim is yet to be revealed.
The bombings came ahead of highly-critical parliamentary elections. Ballots are set to open in the morning of July 19 in different parts of the war-torn country, including Damascus.
The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces slammed the parliamentary election calling it “illegitimate.” Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Force stressed that it will not allow any ballots in areas that it controls in the northeastern region.
Despite much criticism, Damascus is determined to hold the elections. The bombings in Damascus today are without a doubt an attempt to intimidate the voters ahead of the elections.