12 Killed, 40 Wounded in Twin Bombings in Homs

12 Killed, 40 Wounded in Twin Bombings in Homs
Thu May 5, 2016 14:10:07

Syrian state TV has reported on Thursday that Twin bombings have killed at least 10 civilians and wounded over 40 others in the eastern part of the Syrian Province of Homs.

Syrian state TV reported on Thursday that the bombings occurred in a square in Mukharram al-Fawqani in central Homs Province.

The bombings in Homs came as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold on Thursday in the city of Aleppo, where residents were said to be returning to the street as fighting subsided.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, confirmed there had been no bombing in the city, but said a civilian had died in a western district from shelling by militants minutes after the ceasefire took effect.

The Syrian army had said late on Wednesday that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin on Thursday.

Earlier, in February, Damascus had agreed to a more general ceasefire with non-extremist militants. The February ceasefire had also been brokered by Russia and the United States.

The United Nations (UN) has also been making efforts to hold peace talks between the warring sides in Syria.

Several rounds of such talks have been held. However, the latest round of the indirect negotiations, which began in Geneva on April 13, were brought to a halt after the main foreign-backed opposition group, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), walked out of the discussions to protest what it called the Syrian government’s violation of the ceasefire.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The United Nations special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the Arab country's pre-war population of about 23 million; Press TV reported.


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