Despite Syria truce, car bomb kills 10 in Assad stronghold. Philip Issa reports for the Associated Press that a large explosion rocked the Syrian government-held coastal town of Jableh on Thursday, Jan. 5, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 30 people, according to Qusay al-Khalil, the head of the local hospital.
The attack that was a stark remainder of the prevailing insecurity in the war-torn country despite a nearly week-old cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey. The explosion shook a main street in Jableh, in the coastal Latakia province, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad and the heartland of Syria’s Alawites, a Shiite offshoot to which Assad’s family also belongs.
It was the first such large-scale bombing since the cease-fire was agreed on last week, to prepare the way for peace talks between Assad’s government and opposition in Kazakhstan later this