At least 43 people have been killed, after five bombings, four in government-held areas and one in a Kurdish-controlled city, in an hour, in Syria.
At least 40 people have been killed in four bombings in government-held areas of Syria and one in a city dominated by Kurdish forces, state media report.
The attacks all took place within an hour of each other, occurting around Damascus, Homs, Tartous and Hassakeh. It was not clear if they were linked.
The deadliest incident was outside Tartous, on the Mediterranean coast. Tartous, which hosts a Russian naval base, is a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.
Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the Hassakeh attack, allegedly targeting Kurdish militiamen, via a statement distributed by the Amaq news agency.