Twin suicide attacks by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) rocked the Sayyida Zaynab District this morning, killing an estimated 30 civilians and wounding dozens of others at this imperative religious site for Muslims.

The suicide attacks in the Sayyida Zaynab District of southern Damascus today, marks the 2nd time this week that the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham has committed an act of terror in the government controlled areas of Syria.

The Sayyida Zaynab District of southern Damascus is one of the most well-fortified areas in the Syrian capital, as several military personnel and Shi’i pilgrims protect this shrine that is dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad’s granddaughter (daughter of ‘Ali ibn Abi Taleb and Sayyida Fatima).

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