A large explosion hit the Syrian government-held coastal town of Jableh, Syrian state TV reported Jan. 5, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens. The attack undermines the week-old cease-fire that began at midnight Dec. 29. No group claimed responsibility for the blast, which extensively damaged several businesses. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the civil war, set the death toll at 15. Jableh is located in Latakia province, the heartland of Syria's Alawites, a Shiite offshoot to which President Bashar al Assad's family belongs. Except for intense fighting between loyalist and rebel forces in some districts of Damascus, the cease-fire brokered by Turkey and Russia, which is hoping to pursue a political solution to the conflict, has largely held.