Mon. 8:58 a.m.: Syrian activists say 10 killed in Idlib bombings

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists and paramedics say two bomb blasts have struck the northwestern city of Idlib, killing at least 10 people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blasts in the Qusour neighborhood during rush hour today killed 13 people and wounded 25.

The Edlib Media Center, an activist collective, said the bombings killed 10 and wounded dozens.

The first blast occurred in the early afternoon and another followed seconds later. The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, a group of volunteer first responders, said one of its members was wounded.

The city of Idlib is controlled by al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which has wide influence in northern Syria.

The city has been hit with bombings in recent months that killed or wounded scores of people.

The Observatory and the Syrian Civil Defense earlier reported government shelling of rebel-held towns south of Idlib, saying several people were wounded.

The group says another request by the Islamic State group to be evacuated to neighboring Iraq was rejected.

The militants are making their last stand in eastern Syria, hiding among hundreds of civilians.