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Deadly Attacks Rock Syria: Military Academy Hit by Drone Strike

An attack on a Syrian military academy on Thursday killed more than 110 people, according to a war monitor, with official media accusing terrorist organisations.

An attack on Thursday on a Syrian military academy killed more than 110 people, a war monitor said, with state media blaming “terrorist organizations” for the drone strike in government-held Homs.

Turkish Air Raids Add to the Bloodshed:

Separately, Turkish air raids in the country’s Kurdish-held northeast killed at least 11 people, according to Kurdish forces, after Ankara had threatened retaliation for a bomb attack.

In the central city of Homs, “armed terrorist organizations” targeted “the graduation ceremony for officers of the military academy,” an army statement carried by official news agency SANA said.

Casualty Figures Vary:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, reported “112 dead, including 21 civilians, 11 of them women and girls”. It said at least 120 people were wounded.

Health Minister Hassan al-Ghobash told state television the “preliminary” toll was 80 dead, “including six women and six children” and around 240 wounded.

No Immediate Claim of Responsibility:

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

According to the military statement, the attack was carried out with “explosive-laden drones,” vowing to “respond with full force.”

Government Declares Mourning Period:

The government declared three days of mourning starting Friday.

In the rebel-held Idlib region, residents reported heavy bombardment by government forces in apparent retaliation. The Observatory said eight people had been killed and some 30 wounded.

UN Chief Expresses Concern:

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres “is deeply concerned about the drone attack,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. He “is also deeply concerned about reports of retaliatory shelling” in northwestern Syria, Dujarric added.

Overnight, Syrian shelling killed an elderly woman and four of her children in a rebel-held area of Aleppo province, rescue workers and the Observatory said.

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