Car bomb hit Syrian regime bastion, casualties reported

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Civilians in Mazzeh 86 district of Damascus gather in front of a building that was reportedly hit by rebel fire. File photo

ARA News

Damascus – A car bomb attack hit on Thursday the Syrian coastal city of Jablah, a main regime bastion, killing and wounding dozens.

At  least 16 people were killed and some 30 others wounded in the attack.

Jablah lies in the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.

The Syrian authorities condemned the attack, and blamed “terrorist groups”.

Ghassan Findi, a senior medical officer, told state television the death toll was expected to rise, with rescue operations still continuing and scores of injured still being rushed to nearby hospitals.

At least 150 people were killed and 200 wounded in May when bombs hit the town and the port city of Tartous on the Mediterranean coast that hosts Russian military bases. ISIS claimed the May attacks, saying its fighters had targeted “gatherings of Alawites”.

Hardline Sunni militants consider Alawites heretics.

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