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Death toll from two bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Homs reaches 46

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Death toll from two bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Homs reaches 46

The death toll from two bomb blasts in the Syrian city of Homs today has reached 46, including at least 28 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said the attacks, which hit the city's central Zahra district, were among the biggest blasts to hit a government-held area in Homs in the five-year-old civil war.

The governor of Homs was quoted by Syrian state television as saying the death toll was 25 people.

State TV initially said 14 people had been killed.

Pro-Damascus channel al-Ikhbariya showed footage of damaged shop fronts, debris littering the streets, wounded people and charred or burning cars.

A bomb attack claimed by the self-styled Islamic State militant group last month in Homs in the west of the country killed at least 24 people, the city's governor said at the time, as government forces took back some IS-held villages in Aleppo province in the north.

Today’s attacks also came a day after government advances against IS. There was no immediate claim from the group, however.

Another bomb attack in December, which killed 32 people, took place following a ceasefire deal that paved the way for the government to take over the last rebel-controlled area of the city, which was a centre of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.