An image grab from a video posted online shows orange smoke emerging from the site of a blast in Latakia, Monday, May 25, 2015.
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At least four people were killed in a blast in the Syrian government stronghold of Latakia on Monday, but there were conflicting reports about what caused the explosion.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and sources on the ground both reported the blast in the city of Latakia in the coastal province of the same name.The Britain-based Observatory also reported that the blast had killed four people, among them two children.Monday, Syrian government aircraft carried out intense strikes against ISIS in and around the ancient city of Palmyra after its fall to the jihadis, a military source said.The latest mines seized by ISIS are the second largest in the country.The Observatory said on Sunday that it had documented the executions of at least 217 people, among them 67 civilians, including 14 children.Syrian state media said at least 400 civilians had been killed by ISIS in Palmyra, most of them women, children and old men.
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