By Zein al-Mustafa and Mohamed Misto
LATAKIA, Syria (AA) - More than 65 people were killed Monday morning in a series of synchronized bombings in the regime-held provinces of Latakia and Tartus, responsibility for which have since been claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.
Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that four explosions had shaken the city of Jableh in the southern Latakia province, leaving more than 45 people dead and dozens of others injured.
Shortly afterward, the news agency reported, three violent blasts also shook the city of Tartus -- located in the province of the same name -- killing at least 20.
According to the new agency, the blasts in Tartus were the result of car-bombs and teams of suicide bombers, who had blown themselves up at targeted locations.
In a subsequent statement issued by Daesh, the group claimed responsibility for Monday’s rash of bombings.
The bombings in Tartus were the largest in recent history to hit the city, which has enjoyed relative tranquility in recent years.
The bombings that shook Jableh, meanwhile, are considered the first of their kind since the start of the conflict in Syria more than five years ago.