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IS kills dozens in Syrian city's deadliest attack in years

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for a large suicide truck bomb blast that is believed to have killed nearly 50 people and wounded dozens more in the Syrian city of Qamishli.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack near a Kurdish security forces headquarters was the deadliest of its kind in the city for years.

The early morning suicide blast that left Syrian families mourning was so powerful it shattered windows in Turkish towns over the border. Credit: Reuters
People hunted survivors in the piles of rubble strewn across the roads after buildings were levelled. Credit: Reuters
Islamic State blasts targeted cities in Hasaka province in April, killing six, and earlier this month, killing at least 16. Credit: Reuters

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Syria: IS claims responsibility for twin attacks that kill eight

Syrian Army members inspect a damaged site after a suicide and car bomb attack in south Damascus. Credit: Reuters

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for twin suicide and car bomb blasts that left at least eight dead and scores wounded in a Damascus suburb in Syria.

The claim was reported by the Amaq News Agency, which is linked to the group.

The attacks occurred in Sayyida Zeinab, home of Syria's holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrine.

The first attack was carried by an attacker wearing an explosives belt and took place at the entrance of to the suburb.

The second car bomb blast was detonated in al-Teen street, close to the shrine, the Sana news agency reported.

Food aid reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya

Food aid has been delivered to the besieged Syrian town of Daraya for the first time in four years.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) said the food delivery was co-ordinated with the United Nations in Damascus and took place shortly before midnight on Thursday.

They added medical supplies were also delivered.

Last week, a joint convoy of the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and SARC reached Daraya and delivered medicines, vaccines, baby formula, and "nutritional items for children" - but no food.

The UN estimates that 4,000 to 8,000 people still live in Daraya, which has been subject to a crippling government blockade since the 2011 uprising against president Bashar Assad.

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