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Iran denounces deadly attacks in northwestern Syria

25 May 2016 14:59



Iran has strongly condemned recent terrorist bombings in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus, calling on the international community to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

At least 154 people were killed after seven near-simultaneous explosions targeted bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the coastal cities on Monday.

“Terrorism and extremism pose a serious danger to regional nations and are a threat to global peace and security,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari said on Wednesday.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on the international community to fulfill its legal and moral obligations as regards an all-out confrontation with this ominous and inhuman phenomena,” he added.

The official also offered Tehran’s condolences to the Syrian nation and government and the bereaved families of the victims.

Syrians gather at the site of multiple bombings that left scores dead in the northern coastal city of Jableh, May 23, 2016. © AFP

Daesh claimed responsibility for the bombings. The Takfiri group, which is controlling parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, has repeatedly targeted civilian structures like hospitals and schools.

Rights groups have documented numerous cases of such bombings and attacks over the past months.

Physicians for Human Rights said in a recent research that militants had carried out about a dozen attacks on medical facilities, with Daesh being responsible for at least eight of them.

According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.

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