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More than 55 people are dead after two large explosions in Damascus on Thursday, marking the largest bombing attack in the Syrian capital since the start of the conflict over a year ago, the Associated Press reports.

The suicide bombs reportedly targeted government offices, blowing the facade off of a military intelligence building, injuring 370 people and leaving the streets in rubble. The Syrian government is blaming the explosions on "terrorists" -- the label commonly given by the Bashar al-Assad regime for the opposition forces. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Tuesday, the Arab League envoy for the United Nations, Kofi Annan, warned that Syria was at great risk of descending into a civil war. A UN peacekeeping mission is set to send 300 observers to the war-torn nation in the coming months. The UN has estimated that more than 9,000 people have died since violence erupted more than a year ago.

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