Syrian PM survives targeted bomb attack in Damscus
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in central Damascus on Monday, according to a television channel run by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is close to President Bashar al-Assad.
Syria's state television had earlier reported that a "terrorist explosion" in the capital's Mezze district had caused casualties.
In August 2012, Halqi, a former health minister, was appointed to replace Riad Hijab, whose defection to the opposition was announced earlier.
Halqi, born in 1964, is from the southern province of Deraa where the 17-month-old uprising against Assad erupted. He replaces caretaker premier Omar Ghalawanji who was appointed hours after Hijab's defection.