Bomb blasts in Syria claim at least 32 lives

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2015 10:55:48

Syrians check the rubble at the site of two car bomb attacks in the al-Zahraa neighbourhood of Homs on Monday.(AFP)


DAMASCUS, Dec 28 (Agencies)

AT LEAST 32 people were killed and many wounded in massive bomb blasts on Monday in the central Syrian city of Homs, State media reported.
“The preliminary toll in simultaneous terrorist explosions that hit the city’s Al-Zahraa neighbourhood is 32 dead and 132 wounded,” State television reported in a news flash.
It said that two explosions caused by car bombs and a blast caused by a suicide attacker wearing an explosives-laden belt hit Al-Zahraa’s main square.
The residents of Al-Zahraa are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of Syria’s ruling clan.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the blasts and reported at least 32 dead.
The attack came less than three weeks after the Islamic State jihadist group claimed explosions in the same neighbourhood that left 16 people dead.
IS has seized large parts of Homs province, including the historic city of Palmyra.
More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria’s
war, which had begun in 2011 with anti-Government protests but later spiralled into a bloody conflict.


Evacuation of 3 towns begins under rare deal
BEIRUT, Dec 28 (AFP)

THE evacuation of more than 450 fighters and civilians started on Monday from three Syrian towns under a rare deal between regime and rebels, a monitor said.
In September, both sides had reached an agreement for a six-month truce in Zabadani, the last rebel bastion on the Lebanon border, and in Fuaa and Kafraya, the last Govt-held Shiite villages in Idlib province. “More than 120 fighters and wounded have started to leave Zabadani” to other rebel-held areas, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
About “335 people, including civilians” have started to leave Fuaa and Kafraya to return to regime-held areas, via the two neighbouring countries, he said.