On 23 May, a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued this statement in Berlin following reports of several explosions in Syrian coastal cities:
The German Government condemns these vicious attacks in Tartous and Jableh in the strongest possible terms. Terror and violence have now reached cities on the Syrian coast for the first time. As so often, it is primarily the civilian population that is affected.
Our sympathy goes to the victims and their families. These horrific acts demonstrate once again that the fight against terrorist groupings must be continued. At the same time, the political efforts in the Syrian peace process must be pursued robustly, for only through these can the tide of extremism and violence be stopped for good.