Syria Attack: State media reported on Friday that a drone attack targeted a military academy in Syria’s Homs province during a cadet graduation ceremony, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 100 lives.
Military academy struck by drone attack
According to the BBC, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported that, based on a statement from the General Command of the Armed Forces, the military academy was struck by multiple explosive-laden drones shortly after the conclusion of the graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
The statement read, “considers this act an unprecedented criminal one, and affirms that it will respond with full force and determination to these terrorist groups wherever they are.”
Another report from SANA quoted Health Minister Hassan al-Gabbash, who stated that the attack had caused injuries to over 200 individuals, with casualties including six women and six children. Among the deceased were cadets’ families as well as women and children. The BBC reported that as of now, no specific individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has labeled the attack as “horrific” and has urged all parties involved in the long-standing conflict to “exercise the utmost restraint.” The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that the Defense Minister of the country had been present at the ceremony but departed just moments before the attack took place.
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The civil war, which erupted following President Bashar al-Assad’s violent suppression of peaceful pro-democracy protests in 2011, has tragically claimed the lives of over half a million individuals. Additionally, there are 6.8 million internally displaced people within Syria, and an additional 6 million individuals have become refugees or asylum-seekers in foreign countries.