Blasts hit government controlled cities in Syria

At least 38 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of bombings across mostly government-controlled areas of Syria, reports said.

Monday morning’s blasts hit the coastal city of Tartus, the central city of Homs, the suburbs of the capital Damascus as well as the northeastern city of Hasaka, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces but where the government maintains a presence.

According to the reports at least 11 people had been killed and 45 injured in a double bomb attack just outside Tartus, in the coastal province of the same name, which is a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Two terrorist blasts on Arzuna bridge, the first a car bomb and the second a suicide bomber who detonated his explosive belt when people gathered to help the wounded,” reports said.

Reports also said that five people killed in Hasaka, in the northeast of the country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitor, said the blast hit a checkpoint belonging to the Kurdish Asayesh security forces.

It also reported that a car bomb at the entrance to the Al-Zahra neighborhood in Homs, which is controlled by the government.

It said at least two people were killed and four wounded in the bombing, which is the latest in a series of attacks targeting Al-Zahra neighborhood, where most residents are Alawite, the sect to which Assad belongs.

Another bomb attack on a road west of the capital Damascus, but gave no immediate toll in the blast.

The SOHR aid that attack targeted a checkpoint and gave a toll of three dead.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts yet.

Aljazeera/Hauwa M.