43 killed and dozens wounder in five explosions in Syria
Sep 08 2016
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts. Washington backs the uprising against Assad, but is working with the Syrian leader's key ally Moscow on a deal to stem the bloodshed. The city, Syria's third largest, is largely under government control, with only one neighbourhood still under opposition control. His gains have relied heavily on Russian air support since September past year.
USA officials had hoped to reach a deal in time for President Obama's meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China.
They also came just as the G20 summit wrapped up in China, and the United States and Russian Federation failed to reach a deal on ending the violence in Syria. The leaders directed Kerry and Lavrov to reach an agreement in the coming days, according to a senior White House official.
He said a deal could be firmed up in the "coming days" but refused to elaborate, saying that United States and Russian officials are still "working out some of our preliminary agreements".
Areas controlled by Assad's forces have had several bombings and other attacks claimed by both IS and al-Qaida-linked militant groups.
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.
Tartus has largely been spared the worst of the Syrian civil war's violence since the conflict broke out in March 2011.
Two explosions hit the Arzouna bridge area at the entrance to Tartous on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and state news agency SANA said.
A news agency affiliated to the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the Hassakeh attack, which allegedly targeted Kurdish militiamen.
One of the two terrorist blasts was carried out by a auto bomb which exploded at Arazona Bridge on the worldwide highway in Tartous countryside, followed by another terrorist bombing carried out by a suicide bomber with an explosive belt who blew himself up after the citizens gathered to take the wounded to the hospital, "Armenpress" reports a source at Tartous Police Command told SANA. Two blasts also hit Tartus' Arzuna bridge.
A vehicle bomb struck the city of Homs at the entrance to the Bab Tadmur neighbourhood, SANA said. The Observatory said the explosion hit an army checkpoint and four officers were killed.
State television also said there was an explosion along the al-Sobura - al-Bija road outsode Damascus. It said a percussion bomb also went off in the province's Qamishli city.