In Syria , more than 120 people were killed in a spate of bombings claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

Seventy-three people were killed in the city of Jableh and another forty eight died in Tartus in seven blasts on Monday.

Both cities are strongholds of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad whose family hails from the village of Qardaha, east of Jableh.

Syrian state media also reported the attacks but gave a total of seventy eight dead, forty five in Jableh and thirty three in Tartus.

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