Syria: 67 people killed, 180 injured in drone attacks on military ceremony


67 people were killed and 180 injured in a drone attack on an army ‘passing out parade’ ceremony in the central Syrian city of Homs on Thursday. A health official gave this information. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the Syrian army in recent years.

The conflict has been going on in Syria for the last thirteen years. Dr. Musalem al-Atassi, the city’s health director, said the attacks had affected the celebrations in Homs as they were nearing their end. He said the casualties included both civilians and military personnel.

Al-Atassi said many of the injured were in serious condition and were being treated in several hospitals in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city. The Syrian army said in an earlier statement that drones equipped with explosives targeted young officers and their families.

He blamed rebels backed by known international forces for the attack, without naming any particular group. However, no organization has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The army did not release casualties, but Syrian state television said the government had declared three days of mourning starting Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, and the pro-government Sham FM radio station were first to report the attacks.

The Syrian army said it will respond to these terrorist organizations with full force and decisiveness, no matter where they are present. The Syrian crisis began in March 2011 with peaceful protests against the government of President Bashar Assad, but it soon turned into civil war after the government’s brutal crackdown on protesters.

Following the drone strike, Syrian government forces shelled villages in rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. There was no immediate news of any casualty there.

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