Four explosions hit government-held cities of Damascus, Tartous and Homs

Syria bombings

Syria bombings: Four explosions hit government-held cities of Damascus, Tartous and Homs

At least four explosions hit government-held parts of Syria on Monday, reports say.

The explosions are said to have hit the cities of Tartous and Homs and in the countryside outside the capital Damascus.

Two simultaneous, violent explosions hit the Arzouna bridge area at the entrance to the government-held northwestern coastal city of Tartous, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and state news agency SANA said.

At least 11 people were killed and 45 wounded, a source in the Tartous police told SANA.

Syrian state television said the first explosion was a car bomb and the second was a suicide belt detonated as rescue workers came to the scene of the first incident.

A car bomb struck the city of Homs at the entrance to the Bab Tadmur neighbourhood, SANA said.

Homs’ health director told SANA that hospitals in his directorate had received two bodies and seven injured people.

The Observatory said the Homs explosion hit an army checkpoint and two officers were killed.

There was also an explosion near the town of al-Saboura, along a road which leads onto the Beirut-Damascus highway, according to a police commander quoted on state television.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings._ the independent

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