"Despicable" attacks in Syria condemned by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard (file photo)

Attacks targetting Kurdish New Year celebrations have been condemned as despicable by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Initial reports suggested that two separate bombings on Friday killed and injured up to 100 people in north-east Syria.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The attacks in Al-Hasakah City targeted Nowruz celebrations which mark the New Year and the first day of spring for the Kurdish people.

An unknown number of women and children were amongst the 100 dead and injured.

Media reports linked the bombings to the terrorist group ISIL, which has carried out a series of atrocities in Syria.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon described the attacks as "heinous."

He called ISIL's agenda "despicable" and said the terrorist group sought to "incite sectarian and ethnic division among Syria's diverse communities."

ISIL has emerged as a result of the four years of civil war in Syria. It is mainly active in Syria and Iraq, although its influence is thought to be spreading.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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