Syria: 10 killed, 9 wounded in rocket attack on bus: State media | News

Attackers hit a army bus with an anti-tank rocket within the west of Aleppo province, state information company SANA reported.

A rocket assault on a army bus has killed 10 troopers and wounded 9 extra in northwest Syria, the nation’s state information company SANA reported.

The dying toll is the heaviest reported in pro-government ranks from a insurgent assault since a truce settlement brokered by Russia and Turkey in March 2020. The truce has largely held regardless of sporadic assaults by either side, together with continued Russian air raids.

The bus was attacked within the west of Aleppo province on Friday morning, the SANA information company stated.

Attackers hit the bus with an anti-tank missile, the company reported.

There was no rapid declare of accountability for the assault, which was close to the frontier with rebel-held territory near the Turkish border.

Syrian insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham posted a video on its Telegram channel on Friday exhibiting a rocket hitting a bus, with a caption declaring that the footage confirmed the second a army bus belonging to pro-Assad militias was destroyed west of Aleppo. The content material of the video couldn’t be independently verified.

The pinnacle of Lebanon’s closely armed Shia motion Hezbollah, which has intervened in Syria in assist of President Bashar al-Assad, supplied his condolences for the useless in a televised deal with in a while Friday.

A professional-Damascus army supply instructed Reuters that these killed on the bus had been pro-government Shia fighters from the cities of Nubl and Zahraa.

The Assad authorities has relied on native paramilitary forces and allied fighters from international locations together with Lebanon and Iraq to take again swaths of territory within the nation’s 11-year struggle.

Northwestern Syria is the final main stronghold of these preventing towards the Assad authorities and its allies.

Earlier than Russia intervened within the Syrian battle, the Assad regime managed barely a fifth of the nationwide territory. With Russian and Iranian assist, Damascus has clawed again a lot of the bottom misplaced within the early levels of the battle. Moscow deployed its air power to Syria in 2015 in assist of Assad and often engages in bombing raids.

The final pocket of armed opposition to the regime consists of giant swathes of Syria’s Idlib province and components of the neighbouring Aleppo, Hama and Latakia provinces.

Turkish forces, which again some insurgent teams, are deployed within the rebel-held space the place the primary entrance strains within the battle, which spiralled out of protests towards Assad regime in 2011, have been largely frozen for a number of years.

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