Blasts kill at least 120 in western Syria: Monitor


People inspect the damage after explosions hit the Syrian city of Tartous, in this handout picture provided by SANA on May 23, 2016. (Reuters)

Seven bomb explosions have rocked the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh in western , leaving at least 121 people dead, a London-based monitor says. 
In Jableh, the attacks took the lives of at least 73 people and left scores of others injured on Monday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said.  
At least 48 people were killed in Tartous and many others injured in almost simultaneous bombings.
According to the report, one of the explosions occurred near a hospital when a bomber detonated his explosive vest.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the bombings. The Takfiri group, which is controlling parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, has repeatedly targeted civilian structures like hospitals and schools.
Rights groups have documented numerous cases of such bombings and attacks over the past months.
Physicians for Human Rights said in a recent research that militants had carried out about a dozen attacks on medical facilities, with Daesh being responsible for at least eight of them in which more than a dozen medical staff had been killed.
Syria has been gripped by a foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.
According to UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, more than 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the country’s population of about 23 

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