A twin bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has killed at least 50 people and wounded many more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli, near the Turkish border.
The attack, which hit near a Kurdish security forces headquarters, was the deadliest of its kind in the city for years, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
More than 280,000 people are estimated to have been killed throughout the five years of bloodshed, according to the Observatory. Efforts to negotiate a lasting ceasefire have collapsed time and again.
More than 4.8 million Syrians have become refugees displaced from their homeland, while more than 6.5 million people are internally displaced within the country's borders.