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IS bombings rock Damascus, scores dead

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 01:09

The streets of Damascus become chaotic following four bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State militants that kill at least 62 people on the same day that separate attacks in Homs kill at least 52, making it one of the deadliest days of violence in the civil war. Gavino Garay reports.

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Even by standards of Syria's civil war the death toll on Sunday was especially grim. At least 62 people were reported killed and nearly 200 injured in multiple suicide bomb attacks and a car bomb explosion claimed by Sunni Islamic State in a southern district of the capital, Damascus. The explosions hit a district which is home to a Shi'ite shrine. They happened the same day separate bomb blasts killed at least 52 in the city of Homs, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for those attacks. The violence came as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Spain's El Pais newspaper he's ready to "stop military operations" -- provided the insurgents don't use the lull in the fighting to their advantage, he said. The United States and Russia have said they've reach a 'preliminary' agreement for a nationwide ceasefire in hostilities ... even as Syrian army offensives continue unabated across the country and previous attempts to negotiate a truce in recent months have failed.

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IS bombings rock Damascus, scores dead

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 01:09