Multiple bombings in Syria’s government-held areas — At Least 19 people killed

Nearly 40 people have been killed after a string of attacks struck areas under President Bashar Assad’s control. The blasts shook the cities of Homs, Tartus, Hasakeh and the suburbs of Damascus.

Syria — One of the car bomb sites in Syria’s government controlled areas, September 5, 2016. Reuters photo

Two bombs exploded at the entrance to Tartus (pictured above), a government-held city in Syria’s coast, SANA news agency reported on Monday. A car bomb blew up at the Arzoneh bridge and was followed by a suicide bombing. Tartus is home to a Russian naval base.

Terrorists hit a neighborhood frequented by Alawites – members of President Bashar Assad’s sect
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, 35 people were killed in the blasts and dozens more were injured.
In Homs, a car bomb struck a military checkpoint, killing two soldiers and injuring four, SANA said. The bomb exploded in the city’s Bab Tadmor district, most of which is under government control, except for one neighborhood under rebel forces.
According to SANA, another attacker detonated his motorbike in the northeastern city of Hasakeh. Five people were killed in the city, including three members of the Kurdish police force and two civilians, the Syrian Observatory told reporters. Hasakeh is controlled by Kurdish YPG forces. The Kurds and their political wing, the PYD, control the city, but the state police continue to function in the area.
Another explosion claimed one life in Sabbourah, a suburb of Damascus, SANA news agency said. The Syrian Observatory, however, pegged the number of dead at three.
No organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks. At least 160 people died in May this year when militants of the “Islamic State” (IS) hit the neighboring towns of Tartus and Jableh.
Syria has been divided among government forces, rebels and the IS since the civil war began in the country in 2011.
mg/jil (AFP, AP, Reuters)
 String of blasts kill 18 across Syria: state media 
© Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP | Syrian army soldiers are shown on September 5, 2016 inspecting damage at the site of a suspected car bombing in a government-held area in the city of Homs in this official handout photo

BEIRUT (AFP) –  At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in a series of bombings across mostly government-controlled areas of Syria on Monday, state media reported.The blasts hit government-held Tartus and Homs, as well as Hasakeh, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces but where the regime maintains a presence.

State media said at least 11 people had been killed and 45 injured in a double bomb attack just outside the city of Tartus, in the coastal province of the same name, which is a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

“Two terrorist blasts on Arzuna bridge, the first a car bomb and the second a suicide bomber who detonated his explosive belt when people gathered to help the wounded,” state television said.

State media also reported five people killed in Hasakeh, in the northeast of the country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the blast hit a checkpoint belonging to the Kurdish Asayesh security forces.

And state media also reported a car bomb at the entrance to the Al-Zahra neighbourhood in central Homs city, which is controlled by the government.

It said at least two people were killed and four wounded in the bombing, which is the latest in a series of attacks targeting Al-Zahra neighbourhood, where most residents are Alawite, the sect to which Assad belongs.

State media also reported another bomb attack on a road west of the capital Damascus, but gave no immediate toll in the blast.

The Observatory said that attack targeted a checkpoint and gave a toll of three dead.

© 2016 AFP

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