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OVER 140 KILLED IN SYRIA’S ALAWITE STRONGHOLD

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TartousA series of bombings hit two Syrian regime bastion cities on Monday 05/23/2016, killing at least 140 people, state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Observatory said four blasts, at least one of them a suicide attack, hit the coastal city of Jableh.

Another three blasts, at least one of them a suicide bombing, hit the seaside city of Tartous, 60 kilometers to the south, in which at least 20 people were killed and several wounded, state media reported.

“Terrorist explosions in Tartous killed more than 20 people and wounded a number of others,” the official SANA news agency quoted an interior ministry source as saying.

There was no immediate official toll for simultaneous blasts in the coastal city of Jableh to the north.

Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory based in London, said the scale of the attacks on the two cities was “unprecedented”.

The two cities targeted are both Alawite strongholds of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad — whose family hails from the village of Qardaha, just 25 kilometers east of Jableh.

They have been relatively insulated from the war raging in Syria, which has killed at least 270,000 people since 03/2011.  

Syrian rebel groups have said, a day earlier,  that they will no longer abide by a ceasefire deal unless the Syrian army ends a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.
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