Death toll in Syrian coastal cities rises to 145, monitor says

The death toll in a series of blasts in the government-held cities of Tartus and Jableh on the Syrian coast has risen to 145, a monitoring group says.

Some 200 more people have been injured in the series of car bombs and suicide attacks, claimed by Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

The Britain-based observatory adds that locals in Tartus, where many residents belong to President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, have attacked a camp for refugees from other parts of the country in apparent retaliation for the bombings.

Last update: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 17:24

More from World

Turkish government imposes broadcast ban after explosions in Istanbul

The Turkish government has imposed a broadcast ban in the country on Saturday night, state-run news agency Anadolu...

Iran summons British ambassador over prime minister's remarks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador concerning remarks made earlier this week by Prime...

Gambia's new president says outgoing president cannot reject polls

Gambia's newly elected president Adama Barrow said on Saturday outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has no right to...

Monitor: Islamic State enters Syria's Palmyra months after losing it

Islamic State fighters have entered Palmyra in central Syria for the first time since the extremist militia lost the...

Israeli coalition chief: I prefer if Arab citizens do not vote

The head of the Israeli governing coalition sparked concern Saturday over comments that he would prefer if Arab...