updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Heavy terrorist attacks took place in the Syrian Mediterranean coast cities of Jabla and Tartus on the morning of May 23. Three explosions took place near a bus station in Jabla, and a fourth in the reception area of the local hospital Nur, where people had begun bringing in the wounded. Simultaneously, suicide bombers also carried out a terrorist attack against civilians in Tartus. The total killed to date is over 100, with dozens more wounded.

We express our profound condolences to the victims’ families and relatives and to the entire Syrian people, and we wish a swift recovery to all who were injured.

This latest bloody crime on Syrian soil deserves our fiercest condemnation. It was carried out with the open aim of undermining the ceasefire regime in place in Syria since February 27, and with the goal of disrupting efforts to reach a political settlement in the Syrian crisis. We see this as an audacious challenge not just to Syria’s Government and people, but also to the authority of the international community, which has stated clearly its collective position to support intra-Syrian ethnic harmony and a peaceful political solution to the conflict in Syria, while at the same time continuing an uncompromising fight against terrorism in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the statements of the International Syria Support Group.