Syria mourns scores killed in drone attack on military academy

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Syria on Friday held funerals for scores of people killed in a drone attack on a graduation ceremony at a military academy in the Homs region the previous day, one of the bloodiest strikes against the military in more than 12 years of civil war.

Several weaponized drones hit the Homs Military Academy’s courtyard where families were gathered with the new officers on Thursday, minutes after defense minister Ali Mahmoud Abbas had left. Syria declared three days of mourning. There have been no claims of responsibility for the attack. Syria’s defence and foreign ministries blamed what they described as terrorist groups, without specifying further, and vowed to respond “with full force.

Throughout the night and into the early morning on Friday, Syrian government troops blasted artillery shells into rebel-held territory in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, according to the Observatory and the civil defense group known as the White Helmets, which operate in opposition-held areas. At least 12 civilians have been killed in that bombardment, according to the Observatory. Authorities have cancelled group Friday prayers, fearing that mosques could be attacked.

 

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