State Tv Says The Blast Killed And Wounded Several People, But Did Not Give Numbers.

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The TV says the blast occurred Thursday as people were leaving the Khulafa Rashideen mosque following afternoon prayers. State TV says the blast killed and wounded several people, but did not give numbers. The explosion came a week after a series of coordinated bombings struck the coastal city of Tartus and the town of Jableh on the Syrian coast, killing some 160 people. The coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus have been a government stronghold since the country's conflict began in 2011. ___ 3:30 p.m. U.N. officials say Syrian government approval is needed before the World Food Program can carry out air drops and airlifts of food into besieged areas of the war-torn country. Humanitarian aid adviser Jan Egeland and Ramzy Ramzy, a deputy to U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday.