At least 101 people have been killed in bombings targeting strongholds of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along the war-torn country’s Mediterranean coast.

A suicide bomber and a car bomb detonated at a bus station within minutes of each other in the port city of Tartous. Meanwhile, several bombs exploded in the northern town of Jableh, targeting a bus station, a hospital and an electricity office.

Russia, an ally of Assad, has a base in Tartous — its only military installation along the Mediterranean Sea from where it launches airstrikes and gives aid to the Syrian regime.

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