Syrian Television said that Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus, as rebels hit in the center of President Bashar Al-Assad’s capital. “The terrorist explosion in al-Mezze was an attempt to target the convoy of the prime minister. Doctor Wael al-Halki is well and not hurt at all,” state television said. The British-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights said one person had been killed. Assad has lost control of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, but has maintained control of the capital, Damascus.
Meanwhile, a former Israeli defense minister and current lawmaker said Syria’s chemical weapons are “trickling” to Lebanon’s militant Hizbullah group. Speaking on Israel Radio, Binyamin Ben Eliezer said he is shocked by the “world’s silence” and that the West must intervene to stop the high civilian death toll in Syria. He also said he has “no doubt” that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.