A automobile bomb exploded at a busy intersection within the coastal Syrian metropolis of Latakia, killing one civilian and wounding 14, state-run media reported.
Tuesday’s blast was the second in Syria’s government-controlled areas within the final two days, shattering a way of relative calm in these territories that had considerably stabilised after main advances by troops in opposition to insurgent teams in several components of the nation.
Syria’s state-run media mentioned the explosion happened within the metropolis’s Al-Hammam Square. It additionally mentioned specialised items dismantled a second bomb earlier than it went off on the similar location.
“The terrorist explosion caused the death of one civilian and wounded 14 others,” it mentioned, citing a prime well being official within the province.
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Most of these wounded had been hit by shrapnel, the director of town’s Tishrin hospital, Louay Naddaf, informed state tv.
Footage broadcast on tv confirmed individuals gathered across the wreckage of a smoldering automobile.
Latakia has been a authorities stronghold for the reason that Syrian battle started in March 2011.
But the province has been focused in “sporadic strikes” by rebels gruops, in response to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based warfare monitor.
The area borders the final main space outdoors of the federal government’s management, which incorporates a lot of Idlib province in addition to adjoining components of Hama and Aleppo provinces.
The blast got here two days after an explosion struck a neighborhood within the capital Damascus. No casualties had been reported.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon, mentioned it’s uncommon for assaults to happen in government-controlled territories, which raises questions on safety in these areas.
Khodr mentioned analysts who appeared on Syrian state media had been warning that this will mark a “new phase in the conflict”.
Syria’s warfare, now in its eighth 12 months, has killed practically half one million individuals and compelled greater than half its pre-war inhabitants from their properties.
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