ABU DHABI, 22nd February, 2016 (WAM) — Several suicide bombings which occurred near a shrine outside Syria’s capital, Damascus, and in Homs, have been claimed by Daesh in online statements. The bombings resulted in the killing more than 150 people on Sunday, as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that a deal has been made on the provisional terms of a truce in Syria’s brutal five-year conflict, only for the bloodshed to intensify on the ground.
Near Damascus, a car bombing followed by two consecutive suicide attacks ripped through the area of the shrine of Sayyida Zeinab and killed 96 people, according to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Meanwhile, Syria’s official news agency, Sana, quoting a police source, said that 178 people, including children, were among the wounded.
UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, “strongly condemns” the attacks, his spokesperson said in a statement.
World powers, which have been pushing for a halt in Syria’s nearly five-year war, had hoped to see a truce take effect on Friday but have struggled to agree on the terms.
According to AFP, on Sunday, Kerry spoke with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, at least three times to try to reach agreement on a truce. “We have reached a provisional agreement, in principle, on the terms of the cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days,” Kerry said in Amman after one round of talks.