- Drone attack at military graduation in Homs, Syria: 89 dead, 300 injured.
- Syrian armed forces vow retaliation, escalating tensions.
- Turkish airstrikes in Kurdish areas; US shoots down Turkish drone near its troops.
A tragic drone attack at a military graduation ceremony in Homs, Syria, has left 89 dead and nearly 300 injured. The Syrian armed forces vow a strong response, and tensions escalate with Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria. Meanwhile, the US shoots down a Turkish drone near US military personnel. The situation underscores the ongoing complexity and volatility in Syria’s conflict-ridden landscape.
Tragic Drone Attack at Syrian Military Graduation Ceremony
The death toll from the drone attack at a military college graduation ceremony in Homs, Syria, has climbed to 89, with nearly 300 individuals injured. According to Syria’s state-run news agency SANA, among the casualties were five children and 31 women. The responsible group remains unidentified, but the defense ministry has attributed the attack to “terrorist organizations supported by well-known international parties.” Those critically injured include both invited families and graduating students.
Syrian Armed Forces Vow Strong Response to Unprecedented Attack
The Syrian armed forces have described the recent attack as “unprecedented” and have pledged to retaliate “with full force and determination,” issuing a stern warning that those responsible for planning and executing the attack “will pay dearly.”
Homs, the ancient city that was once a focal point of the Syrian revolution, witnessed fierce battles in 2012 between regime forces and opposition fighters striving to overthrow President Bashar Al Assad. In 2014, the city fell under regime control after a two-year siege, solidifying the Syrian president’s grip over most of the country. The only exception is a northern strip, which remains contested by various rebel factions, including Kurdish groups.
Strategic Significance of Homs in Syria’s Heartland
Homs, situated in Syria’s agricultural heartland, has historically served as a crucial transportation and commercial hub. The city’s vital significance is underscored by the fact that the road passing through Homs links the southern capital, Damascus, to the northern metropolis of Aleppo.
On Thursday, the White Helmets, a civil defense group comprising nearly 3,000 volunteers dedicated to saving lives in Syria, reported that Syrian regime forces had initiated “systematic” attacks on civilians in northwestern Syria. These attacks resulted in the tragic death of at least 12 people and left 49 others injured, including 12 children and 11 women, according to the group.
Continued Airstrikes in Northwest Syria Amidst Civilian Casualties
Syria has been conducting regular airstrikes in the region, targeting what the regime labels as terrorists.
Recent airstrikes have unleashed heavy artillery shells and rocket fire on over 15 cities, towns, and villages throughout the Idlib and Aleppo countryside in northwest Syria. The White Helmets, in a statement, noted that these attacks have notably affected markets, schools, public facilities, and humanitarian workers.
In a distressing incident on Wednesday, the group reported an airstrike on a school in Sarmeen city, located in the eastern countryside of Idlib. Tragically, this attack resulted in the death of one child and injuries to six civilians, including three girls – one of them an infant – and two women.
Turkish Airstrikes Hit Kurdish Areas in Syria
In northeastern Syria, Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish-controlled areas resulted in at least 11 casualties on Thursday, as reported by Kurdish security forces in the region.
The Kurdish internal security force, Asayish, stated, “The Turkish state launched a series of attacks on our regions with more than 15 drones breaching the airspace of northeastern Syria on Thursday. It targeted numerous positions, infrastructure, service facilities, as well as gas and oil stations, leading to fatalities and injuries. The aggression also impacted civilian-populated areas.”
Turkish Airstrikes on Kurdish Targets Follow Ankara Bombing
In response to a deadly bombing in the Turkish capital on Sunday, Turkey’s military has initiated a series of airstrikes against Kurdish targets in both Syria and Iraq. The responsibility for the attack in Ankara was claimed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization engaged in a prolonged insurgency against the Turkish government and classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
In a separate incident, a US fighter jet intercepted and downed an armed Turkish drone operating in close proximity to US military personnel and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to officials familiar with the incident, as reported by CNN on Thursday. It’s worth noting that the backbone of the SDF consists of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), an entity that Turkey contends is linked to the PKK.
US Shoots Down Drone Amidst Multiple Approaches
In response to perceived threats posed by an armed drone, the US took action after issuing over a dozen warnings. Officials noted that several drones made multiple approaches toward US troop positions. The manner in which these warnings were conveyed remains unclear, and fortunately, there were no reports of US casualties.
In conclusion, the tragic drone attack in Homs, Syria, and subsequent developments highlight the ongoing instability and complexity of the conflict in the region. The high casualties and escalating tensions between Syrian armed forces and Turkish airstrikes in Kurdish areas underscore the volatile nature of the situation, with potential ramifications for regional stability and international relations.
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