BEIRUT Twin explosions in a government-controlled neighborhood of Syria’s Homs city killed at least 16 individuals and wounded scores a lot more on Saturday, a group monitoring the war said.
The blasts come days right after the government extended its handle of western city with the implementation of a truce deal in Waer, the last insurgent-held region of Homs. Some fighters and civilians have left Waer, and help was permitted in.
Waer is located on the western side of the city’s outskirts.
A car bomb detonated close to a hospital in the mostly Alawite neighborhood of al-Zahra in the east of Homs city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group stated.
The second huge blast, originally suspected to have been a bomb, appeared to have come from an exploding gas canister and wounded individuals who had come to tend to victims of the very first explosion in the densely-populated neighborhood, state media stated.
State tv had earlier described the attack as “two huge terrorist explosions”. News agency SANA said the automobile bomb had been packed with 150 kg of explosives. It published a photo of two guys carrying a woman away from burning wreckage.
Footage on state television showed a chaotic scene with black clouds of smoke rising above twisted metal debris. People stumbled more than the rubble as they attempted to ferry men and women away from the website.
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)