Multiple explosions hit Damascus, Homs

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene where two blasts exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene where two blasts exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.


At least 62 people were killed Sunday in a series of attacks, including a car bombing, near a Shiite shrine south of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Earlier, state television said at least 30 people were killed when a car bombing and two suicide attacks ripped through the Sayyida Zeinab shrine area, while the Observatory said 31 died in at least three attacks.

The blasts came hours after twin car bomb explosians killed at least 46 people in the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday, the Observatory said.

At least 100 others were wounded by the explosions in the city center’s Zahra district, the Observatory added.

A bomb attack claimed by ISIS last month in Homs in the west of the country killed at least 24 people, the city’s governor said at the time, as government forces took back some ISIS-held villages in Aleppo province in the north.

Sunday’s attacks also came a day after government advances against ISIS. There was no immediate claim from the group, however.

Another bomb attack in December which killed 32 people took place following a ceasefire deal that paved the way for the government to take over the last rebel-controlled area of the city, which was a center of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.


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