A twin bombing attack targeting Kurds celebrating their New Year Friday killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 70 in a northeast Syrian city, activist groups and state media said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of the attacks was carried out by a suicide bomber who belonged to ISIS, and the other was a bomb planted in a nearby area. Twenty people were killed and 80 wounded, the group said.
Syrian state TV quoted the governor of Hassakeh province as saying the bombings killed 22 and wounded more than 70. The station said hospitals in the city were urging people to donate blood.
Kurdish fighters have been battling ISIS for months, leaving hundreds dead. The main Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, has been advancing recently in Hassakeh province. It is a predominantly Kurdish area but ISIS holds parts of the region, which borders Turkey and Iraq.