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ISIS takes responsibility for Syria and Yemen bombings

ISLAMIC State has claimed responsibility for a series of horrific suicide bombings in Syria and two targeted at army recruits in Yemen.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 148 people were killed on Monday in nine attacks on the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.

"The death toll is expected to rise because there are some 200 people injured and some of them are in a critical situation," the organisation said.

One of the four blasts in Jableh happened near a hospital and another two were at a bus station. Two of the blasts in Tartous also occurred at a bus station.

Estimates of the death toll from the five-year Syrian conflict vary between 150,000 and 400,000.

The bombings in Yemen, also on Monday, killed at least 45 people and came eight days after IS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Al Mukalla that killed 25 police recruits and injured 17 others.

Russia said the blasts underscored the need to press on with Geneva peace talks.


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