Syria: 25 killed as car bombs explode near bus stop in Homs, regime says – CNN

The bombings took place in the al-Zahraa district, a regime-controlled neighborhood that is predominantly home to members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect.

Al-Barazi said the attacks were aimed at the support base of the Syrian government, as the country’s army made gains against rebels around the country.

Syrian state media blamed the attack on terrorist groups. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings so far.

Fourth bombing in neighborhood since December

The Homs neighborhood has been struck by three similar bombings in the past three months.

At least 24 people were killed and 100 injured in a coordinated car bombing and suicide bombing on January 26. Twin bombings also struck the neighborhood on December 28 and December 12.

ISIS claimed responsibility for all three previous attacks.

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Violence has continued to rage in recent days in spite of hopes to implement a “cessation of hostilities.” More than a dozen countries agreed to the ceasefire at talks in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, but the agreement seems to have had little impact on the ground.

But at a press conference in Jordan on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a ceasefire was still “possible.”

“We are closer to a ceasefire today than we have been, and I take nothing for granted about this,” he told reporters at a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

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More than 250,000 people have been killed, more than 1 million injured, and more than half of Syrians displaced since the country’s civil war began in 2011, according to the United Nations.


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