About five explosions had hit government-controlled areas in Syria. A city held by Kurdish militia in Syria were also hit by one of the explosions. Several people had been killed according to Syria’s official state media.
Another explosion rocked a road outside Damascus in the state-held cities of Homs and Tartous. However, there has yet to be a link between the series of explosions.
No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.
According to the London-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian activists report a death toll of 32 including several Syrian regime military members. They estimate the number to rise by a full report after the week.
The Syrian State News said that the first explosion was a car bomb. The second one was a suicide belt that was detonated just moments after the first explosion.
The blasts hit during Tartous’s Summer Festival. Its beaches recently featured in a government tourism video circulated on social media inviting people to visit Syria’s Mediterranean coastline.
A car bomb struck the city of Homs at the Bab Tadmur roundabout at the entrance to the al-Zahra neighbourhood, killing three people, state media said.
The Observatory said the Homs explosion hit an army checkpoint and two officers were killed.