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Deadly Blasts In Syria As US, Russia Talks Stall

Bombings claimed by the deadly Islamic State group killed dozens in in the main areas controlled by government of Syria on Monday, as Moscow and Washington failed to agree a deal to stem the violence.

The blasts killed no fewer than 48 people; wounded dozens a day after IS lost the last stretch of the Turkey-Syria border under its management.

In China, where world powers were assembled for the G20 meeting, United States President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart vladimir putin supported “some alignment” and “productive” talks on Syria.

But the 2 powers failed to turn out an expected deal to ease the violence in Syria, where over 290,000 people have been killed and over half the population displaced since March 2011.

The latest massacre came in a wave of blasts, the deadliest of which was a double bombing in the coastal province of Tartus, a defence of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The bombings hit the Arzuna bridge outside the capital of Tartus city, killing a minimum of 35 people and wounding 43, state media said.

Tartus has been for the most part spared the worst violence of Syria’s conflict since it began with anti-government protests, and has become a refuge for several Syrians fleeing the fighting.

In the northeastern city of Hasakeh, largely controlled by Kurdish forces, a bomber on a motorcycle killed six members of the Kurdish security forces and 2 civilians.

 ‘Syria Simultaneous attacks’

In central Homs city, the target was the Al-Zahraa neighbourhoods, whose residents are mostly from the same Alawite sect as Assad and have frequently been targeted.

Four people were killed there in a vehicle bombing that hit a checkpoint at the district’s entrance.

State TV broadcast pictures of the aftermath, showing debris strewn on the streets and smoke rising from the burn remains of vehicles.

Another attack hit the Al-Sabura road west of the capital Damascus, with state media adding that one person was killed and 3 wounded.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based observation group, said that attack targeted a checkpoint and killed 3 people.

The IS-affiliated Amaq agency carried a statement saying the Jihadist group was behind a “string of simultaneous suicide attacks”

Thomas Pierret, Syria expert said the attacks were part of a new IS “strategy to ‘seduce’ rebels by demonstrating IS’s capability to strike the regime”.

“IS also wants to fix sectarian tensions for its profit and is looking forward to a lot of of these events to mobilise its supporters in these regions,” he told AFP.

The latest violence came a day after Turkish forces and allied rebels took over the last part of the Turkish-Syrian border under IS management.

SOURCE: Yahoo news


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