At least 40 people have been killed in bombings in mainly government-held areas of Syria, state media report.
Four attacks took place within an hour in Tartous, Homs and in a suburb of Damascus, with one in Hassakeh, which is dominated by Kurdish forces.
The deadliest incident was outside Tartous, home to aand in the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.
The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attacks.
The group made the claim in a statement carried by its affiliated news agency, Amaq.
The attacks took place between 08:00 and 09:00 (05:00-06:00 GMT) on Monday.
Syria’s official Sana news agency reported that 30 civilians had been killed and 45 others injured in the Tartous countryside.
First, a car bomb was detonated on the Arzoneh motorway bridge, a local police source told Sana.
Then, as a crowd gathered at the scene to help the wounded, a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt, the source added.
Tartous had been relatively unscathed by Syria’s five-year civil war until May, when a suicide bomb attack on a bus station by IS militants left dozens dead.
In the central city of Homs, four people were killed and 10 injured when a car bomb exploded at the entrance to the Bab Tadmour district, Sana reported.
Syria — A bomb in Homs targeted a military checkpoint, according to the provincial governor. EPA Photo
The governor of Homs province said the car bomb targeted a military checkpoint and that the casualties were soldiers.
One person was killed in a bombing on a road in Saboura, a heavily-guarded western suburb of Damascus, a police source told Sana.
Opposition activist Yousef al-Boustani said the area was home to security officers and their families and that the attack represented a major security breach.
In Hassakeh, an explosives-packed motorcycle was blown up at the Marsho roundabout, killing five civilians and injuring two others, Sana said.
The area targeted in Saboura is home to security officers and their families. Credit EPA
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that monitors the conflict in Syria through a network of sources, said three of the dead were Kurdish security personnel, known as the Asayish.
The Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia took near complete control of the north-eastern city last month after a week of clashes with government troops.
The Syrian Observatory put the total death toll for Monday’s attacks at 47.
The attacks came as US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed a ceasefire deal for Syria on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China.
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have so far failed to reach a deal to ease fighting in Syria. Reuters photo
Mr Obama said he and Mr Putin had had “productive” discussions and had agreed to continue the search for a comprehensive truce.
The US president said: “Given the gaps of trust that exist, that’s a tough negotiation and we haven’t yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work.
“But my instructions to Secretary [of State John] Kerry and Mr Putin’s instructions to [Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov were to keep working at it over the next several days.”
Mr Putin said the talks were “on the right track” and that there was “some alignment” with the US.
It had been hoped a deal on a ceasefire and humanitarian deliveries would be announced jointly by Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov on Monday, but it was not forthcoming.
The US is particularly concerned by the deteriorating conditions in and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo, where rebel-held districts are once again under siege after government forces advanced on Sunday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also at the G20, said he had urged world powers to create a “safe zone” in Syria, with a “no-fly” element, that would help control the flow of migrants.
From Al Jazeera
Syria’s war: Blasts hit Tartous, Homs, Hasaka
At least 48 killed, dozens wounded in five blasts in mostly government-held areas, including in Homs and Damascus.
Car bomb and suicide bombing in Tartous: 35 killed, 43 wounded
Homs province car bomb: 4 killed, ten wounded
Al-Hasaka motorcycle bomb: 8 killed, 2 wounded
Damascus countryside bomb: 1 killed, 3 wounded
At least 48 people have been killed and dozens wounded in five explosions across mostly government-controlled areas of Syria, according to state media reports.
Monday morning’s blasts were later claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
The explosions hit the coastal city of Tartous, the central city of Homs and the suburbs of the capital Damascus, as well as the northeastern city of Hasaka, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces but where the government maintains a presence.
State media said at least 35 people were killed and 43 others wounded in a double bomb attack just outside Tartous, in the coastal province of the same name, which is a base 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,” Syrian state television said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitoring group, put the death toll of the Tartous blasts at 38, adding that 14 of those killed were civilians including two women and one child.
The SOHR also said the blast hit a checkpoint belonging to the Kurdish Asayesh security forces.
In another attack in Hasaka, in the northeast of the country, state media reported eight people were killed and two wounded in an attack caused by an “explosives-packed motorcycle”.
State media also reported a car bomb at Homs’s Bab Tadmur roundabout at the entrance to the al-Zahra neighbourhood, which is under government control.
It said at least four people were killed and 10 wounded in the bombing, the latest in a series of attacks targeting al-Zahra.
State media also reported another bomb attack on the al-Sabboura road west of the capital Damascus, in which one person was killed, and three others wounded.
“The attacks seem to have taken place at the same time, which leaves many to wonder whether this was a coordinated attack,” said Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Gazientep on the Turkish side of the border with Syria.
Renewed Aleppo siege
Monday’s bombings came just hours after diplomats from the US and Russia once again failed to reach a deal to ease the fighting.
A senior US State Department official said fresh crisis talks between John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the margins of the G20 summit in China had ended without agreement.
A deal to provide aid to Aleppo’s civilians and at least partially halt Russian and Syrian bombardments had looked possible on Sunday, before the talks collapsed.
US officials accused Russia of backtracking on already agreed issues which they refused to revisit, but the talks seemed to have been overtaken by developments on the ground.
Syrian government troops renewed their siege of Aleppo on Sunday.
“The blasts happened almost a day after the Syrian government re-took Ramosa which is a vast military complex taken over by the rebels last month,” Al Jazeera’s Ahelbarra said.
READ MORE: Syrian forces renew siege on rebel-held Aleppo
State media said they had taken an area south of the city, severing the last opposition-held route into Aleppo’s eastern neighbourhoods.
Once Syria’s economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been devastated by the civil war that began with protests against Assad’s government in March 2011.
Source: News Agencies
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