In a Retaliation to the Russian “Sukhoi Storm Ultimatum” Ahrarr Al Sham executes suicide bombings in Jableh and Tartous coastal cities
Nahed Al Husaini VT bureau chief Damascus
At least 78 people were killed and scores were critically injured in a series of deadly terrorist bombings that rocked Tartous and Jableh coastal cities on Monday morning.
It is estimated that 45 people were killed and others, mostly women and children, were injured, in the terrorist attacks that hit Jableh city.
The twin suicide bombings targeted the main entrance of the bus station in Jableh city and another suicide bombing occurred near Jableh electricity Directorate on the outskirts of al-Amara residential neighborhood.
The fourth suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of emergency department at Jableh National Hospital.
In Tartous, three terrorist bombings raved the province this morning leaving more than 33 people killed and 47 others injured.
A car bomb exploded at the bus station gate, while a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the station.
Another terrorist blew himself up in the residential suburb located in front of the bus station to the west of the city.
The bombings left huge material damage.
One suicide bomber was caught by the army and security services in Jablah before blowing himself up before the new bus station.
An eyewitness from lattakia says to VT “the suicide bombings is a prelude to an attack to be mounted by the militants Lattakia North rural areas after creating havoc inside the coastal cities.” “More sleeper cells are projected to strike back as the expected attack will surpass security and intelligence estimations. “
A high informed source told VT that Ahrar Al Sham (the military wing of Muslim brothers) struck the coastal provinces of Syria after noticing that there is a security flaw regarding check points installed inside the cities.
The successive suicide attacks are unprecedented and can be considered as a major security breach, close to the Russian Base in Lattakia.
Nahed is VT Damascus Bureau Chief. She is a member of the American Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (USA) and serves as Assistant Director of the Arab-American and Muslim Congress (Detroit, USA). She has a Diploma in English Literature from Damascus University (1987).
She’s also been a reporter for Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Special Coordinator for Arab-Armenian International Law Assembly, Correspondent for Qatari News Agency, Al Ayam news Paper in Bahrain, Al Liwaa in Lebanon, Correspondent for Petra News Agency in Jordan, correspondent for the Associated Press in USA, and worked as a freelance journalist for CBS, ABS and CNN in Syria. She is fluent in both English and Arabic.