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Syria crisis: Blast near Damascus military compound

A large explosion has struck close to a military compound in the Syrian capital, Damascus, near a hotel used by the UN's observer mission.

Syrian state TV reported that three people had been injured in the blast, but that none of them were UN monitors.

The intended target of the explosion was not immediately clear.

Later on Wednesday, the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) is expected to suspend Syria's membership over the ongoing violence.

The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports.

  • 15 Aug 2012