Triple bomb blasts have rocked the Syrian city of Idlib, killing at least nine people and wounding 100 others, according to reports. The attacks are the latest to disrupt a shaky United Nations ceasefire.
The British-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claims the death toll is over 20.
Two of the explosions occurred near security service buildings. The third hit the northwestern city’s university quarter. State television blamed suicide bombers for the blasts.
The triple bombings come as the head of the UN monitoring mission to Syria met with the country’s deputy foreign minister on Monday. Norwegian Major General Robert Mood, who has just arrived in the country, called for all parties to stop the violence to allow the six-point peace plan brokered by UN envoy Kofi Annan to succeed.
Currently 30 strong, the UN mission aims to have 300 monitors on the ground in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a protest in front of the country’s central bank in Damascus on Monday, to denounce attacks on their building.
Earlier, four officers were wounded when gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades at the bank, causing slight damage.