Sayyida Zeinab suburb of Damascus, after suicide car bomb on 14 June 2012

At least 45 people have been killed in three blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the capital Damascus, Syrian state media say.

Scores of people were also reported to have been wounded.

The shrine, which is highly revered by Shia Muslims, has been targeted before, most recently in February last year.

The attacks came as delegates from the Syrian government and opposition groups gathered in Geneva for tentative UN-sponsored peace talks.

The main opposition group backed down from its threat to boycott the talks. but says the Syrian government must meet its demands if negotiations are to start.

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