Multilple blasts hit Damascus near Shiite sanctuary

Four blasts including at least one caused by a car bomb hit near a Shiite sanctuary south of Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

State television said “three terrorists attacks” near the Sayyida Zeinab shrine had left dead and wounded, without providing a toll.

Al Mayadeen news reported that 34 people were killed in the explosions.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said the bombing was aimed at derailing the ongoing peace talks between Damascus and rebel forces, and called on the UN Security Council to condemn the attack.

Earlier on Sunday, dozens of people were killed and injured in a double bombing attack in Homs. The local governor said that 57 people have died in the explosions, while 110 others were injured.

ISIS claimed  responsibility for the attacks in Sayeda Zaynab and in Homs.

At the end of January, bombings claimed by ISIS jihadists killed at least 70 people near the same sanctuary.

Sayyida Zeinab contains the grave of a granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shiite Muslims.