UN chief condemns latest Syria bombings

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Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

All sides in Syria are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to refrain from attacks on civilians, and return to negotiations.

Ban Ki-moon's call came in a statement issued on Monday condemning a series of bombings in the coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous which reportedly killed more than 120 people.

The terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief said perpetrators of such attacks must be held accountable for their crimes.

Ban Ki-moon also expressed "great concern" over escalating military activity in many areas in and around the Syrian capital, Damascus.

He added that violence is also causing "mounting casualties" in places such as Daraya, Aleppo, Idlib and the northern countryside of Homs.

Stéphane Dujarric is spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties to the cessation of hostilities of their duty to abide by its terms, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2268 (2016). He calls on upon all member states to take immediate, collective and decisive action to bring the tragedy unfolding in Syria to an end, in line with their commitments in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2254 and 2268."

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

It has also generated what the UN says is the largest displacement crisis globally, with nearly five million people forced to flee the country and another 6.5 million displaced within its borders.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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