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Syria Shelling Toll After Homs Assault Reaches 41 Civilians

Six Syrians had been killed by regime shelling on Sunday, taking the variety of civilian victims in 4 days of reprisal assaults on insurgent areas to 41, a struggle monitor mentioned.

Twenty kids are among the many useless within the shelling, which got here in obvious retaliation for a drone assault on a army academy commencement ceremony in Homs on Thursday that killed dozens of army personnel and civilians.

The Syrian military had vowed to “reply with full power” to the assault in Homs, and since Thursday has been bombarding the final insurgent stronghold within the northwest of the nation.

Three kids had been amongst Sunday’s civilian victims of artillery fireplace, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned.

The opposite three killed had been two girls and a person who had been making an attempt to assist the wounded, the monitor mentioned.

The Observatory, which depends on a community of sources inside Syria for its info, mentioned two fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (HTS), led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syria department, have additionally been killed within the shelling since Thursday.


Additionally on Sunday, the monitor reported one Syrian soldier killed within the south of Idlib province, taking to a few the variety of regime troopers killed by HTS since Thursday.

In government-held areas, 5 civilians had been killed by shells fired by the group which partly controls the final pocket of armed opposition within the northwest, house to a few million individuals.

The assault on the army academy in Homs was one of many bloodiest to hit authorities forces for the reason that outbreak of the civil struggle in Syria in 2011.


State media mentioned it killed 89 individuals, together with 31 girls and 5 kids, and wounded 277.

The Observatory reported the next toll of 123 useless, together with 54 civilians, of whom 39 had been kids, and 150 wounded.

No group has claimed duty for the Homs assault, however the Syrian military accused “armed terrorist organizations” utilizing drones.

HTS is taken into account a terrorist group by Damascus, in addition to by america and United Nations.

The Observatory additionally reported Sunday that Russian warplanes launched air strikes northeast of the Latakia space. It mentioned one baby was killed in a Russian raid within the Idlib space on Friday.