June 22, 2024

The attack took place as a graduate ceremony came to an end, Syria’s military says.

A drone attack on a military college in Syria’s Homs province during a graduation ceremony has killed and wounded civilians and military personnel dead, according to the Syrian officials.

Syria’s military said in a statement on Thursday that drones laden with explosives targeted the ceremony as it came to an end. They accused fighters “backed by known international forces” for the attack.

The statement did not specify the number of casualties but said that some of the wounded were in critical condition, including women and children. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Syria’s defence minister attended the graduation ceremony but left minutes before the attack, Reuters news agency reported, citing a Syrian security source and a source in the regional alliance backing the Damascus government against opposition groups.

“After the ceremony, people went down to the courtyard and the explosives hit. We don’t know where it came from, and corpses littered the ground,” said a Syrian man who had helped set up decorations at the ceremony.

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