Syrian children killed in rebel attack on Homs school

Syrian children killed in rebel attack on Homs school
Sun Dec 22, 2013 19:41:46

Syria militants have rammed a bomb-laden car to a school in Syrian western Homs Province, killing at least 20 people including children.

Syrian official SANA news agency reported on Sunday that “a terrorist car bomb blast targeting the schools compound in Um al-Amed town in Homs countryside claimed the lives of 20 persons.”

SANA quoted a military source as saying that a suicide terrorist detonated a booby-trapped truck outside the schools compound in the town while students were having classes.

Most of the victims were students and teachers, the source said.

The source also said tens of people were wounded in the attack and the school building suffered huge material damage.

Homs has been one of the most important battlefields in the ongoing foreign-charged war in Syria.

Syrian army started an all-out operation in May by which they pushed out militants from many parts of the vast province.

Attacks on civilians increased following army’s improvements in Homs which lost militants one of their most important bases.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

More than 120,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict and millions have been displaced.


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