Drone attack on military graduation ceremony in Syria: 80 dead, 240 wounded
The demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria, which started in 2011, turned into armed conflict when army forces opened fire on civilians. In the process, 500 thousand people lost their lives and millions of people became refugees. Hundreds of thousands of people have been maimed and tens of thousands are still missing.
At least 80 people, including six children, were killed and 240 others injured in a drone strike targeting a military school graduation ceremony in Homs, Syria.
The army said in a statement that drones loaded with explosives targeted the compound as the ceremony was ending.
In the first statement made after the attack, it was stated that the loss of life was 60 and dozens of people were injured.
However, Syrian Health Minister Hassan al-Gabash announced that the death toll in the drone strike has risen to 80 and the number of wounded to 240.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 100 people, including 14 civilians, were killed and 125 wounded in the attack.
The incident was recorded as one of the deadliest attacks on the Syrian Armed Forces in recent years, as the conflict entered its thirteenth year in the country.
The Damascus government blamed “rebels supported by known international forces” for the attack, but did not name any country or group.
Some of the wounded, including women and children, are in critical condition, officials said.
Minister Gabash said the death toll could rise further due to the critical condition of some of the wounded.
While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the Syrian army vowed “the harshest response” to “this cowardly and unprecedented terrorist attack.”