BEIRUT (AP) — A missile hit a Syrian military bus in the country’s north Friday morning, killing 10 soldiers, Syrian state media and an opposition monitor said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, one of the deadliest since a truce agreement was reached more than two years ago.
The official SANA news agency said “terrorists” attacked the bus in Aleppo’s western countryside in the Anjara area. Nine soldiers were injured in the attack, according to the report.
There was no claim of responsibility. The area is dominated by the al Qaeda-linked militant group Hayaat Tahrir al-Sham.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group with a network of activists on the ground, reported the attack but said Syrian opposition forces fired the missile and the 10 killed. they were fighters allied with the government.
Most of Syria has returned to government control after a decade of war, with the exception of the opposition-held stronghold of Idlib in the northwest and nearby areas, and the oil-rich northeast, held by Syrian Kurdish groups. backed by the United States.
Violence has largely subsided in most of the country, but few of the nearly 6 million refugees scattered around the world have returned.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION