DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – An explosion ripped through the Palace of Justice in central Damascus, leaving scores dead and wounded in the latest lone-wolf attacks on the Syrian capital.

Initial reports say that a suicide member detonated his explosive vest inside the crowded palace of Justice in Al-Nasr Street, killing and injuring scores, mostly civilians.

The exact number of casualties is yet to be known.

Government authorities immediately ordered complete evacuation of the area in anticipation of further explosions.

The Syrian capital has been vulnerable to several similar attacks recently. It is widely believed that Islamist rebels have escalated such attacks in retaliation of the military operation currently carried out by government forces on the insurgent-controlled al-Qaboun and Barzeh neighborhoods.

Details to follow

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