Multiple blasts, including suicide and car bombings, have hit two coastal cities, killing and wounding a number of people, in an area of Syria that has been mostly spared from the worst of the conflict.
Multiple explosions, including suicide and car bombings, have hit the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous on Monday, killing and wounding a number of people in an area that has up to now escaped the worst of the conflict, monitors and state-run TV said.
At least two of the blasts were suicide bombs, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, putting the total number of explosions at seven – four in Jableh, in Latakia province, and three in Tartous province’s capital farther south.
The Observatory and state-run news outlets reported people killed and wounded in both cities along the Mediterranean coast, but did not give a specific number.
State-run Ikhbariya news channel broadcast what it said were scenes of one of the blasts in Jableh, showing several twisted and incinerated cars and minivans.
Ikhbariya reported in a news flash that three explosions hit Jableh. It described the blasts as terrorist attacks. State TV said one blast in Jableh took place near the government hospital.
It said one of the Tartous explosions was a car bomb, and that another was from a suicide bomber. The blasts hit a residential area, it said.