More than 100 people died this Thursday in a drone attack against a military academy in central Syria, where an officer promotion ceremony was taking place, attributed by the army to “terrorist organizations.”
The bombing, which took place in Homslet “more than 100 dead, almost half of them officers and 14 civilians”said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), based in the United Kingdom.
More than 125 people were injured, added the organization, which has a wide network of information sources in the country.
The Syrian army said in a statement that the attack was carried out with “drones loaded with explosives” during a ceremony and attributed the tragedy to “terrorist organizations.”
He also promised to “respond firmly” to what he called a “cowardly terrorist attack.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the moment. Jihadist groups that control part of the territory sometimes use armed drones.
The city of Homs became a rebel stronghold after the pro-democracy uprising of 2011. But government forces recaptured the town in 2017 after violent fighting.
Following this attack on the military academy, government forces bombed a village in rebel territory in the northwest of the country, leaving at least five civilians dead.said activists and rescuers.
That bombing, which came amid a spike in attacks in the rebel-controlled enclave in recent days, hit a home on the outskirts of the town of Kafr Nouran, in the western province of Aleppo, according to a defense organization. civilian controlled by the opposition and known as White Helmets.
Among the dead were an elderly woman, three of her daughters and a son, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that monitors the war. Nine other family members were injured, she added.
Neither Syria nor Russia, its main military ally, made statements about that operation, but Damascus maintains that the airstrikes on the province are directed against insurgent groups. The pro-government newspaper Al-Watan reported that the Syrian army had attacked the insurgent group Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), linked to Al Qaedain response to its bombings against positions of its forces in southern Idlib.
The White Helmets indicated that Syrian government attacks increased in the last week, including those on Tuesday in the city of Sarmeen, which hit a school and a mosque and left at least six dead. The group also said a home and farm in Binnish, near the city of Idlib, was hit, but no casualties were reported.
Northwest Syria is largely controlled by HTS and Turkish-backed forces. The vast majority of the enclave’s around 4.1 million inhabitants live in poverty and depend on humanitarian aid to survive. Many of them are Syrians who fled from other parts of the country.
The Syrian war, which broke out after harsh government repression against the wave of protests in 2011, It caused nearly half a million deaths and left a fragmented country.
(With information from AFP and AP)