Middle East

At least 14 dead in army bus explosion in Syrian Damascus (VIDEOS)

11:10, 20 October 2021
At least 14 dead in army bus explosion in Syrian Damascus (VIDEOS) Photo: twitter.com/thatdayin1992

At least 14 people among military personnel were killed, several injured in the explosions in Syria's capital, Damascus, on Wednesday, Syrian state agency SANA reported.

Terrorists planted two explosive devices inside a military bus at the President Bridge in the busy downtown area.

"When a military bus was passing near Jisr al-Rais in Damascus, the bus was targeted with two explosive devices that were previously attached to the bus, which led to the death of fourteen martyrs and the injury others,” a military source told the agency.

According to the source in Damascus’ police directorate, detonation specialists “dismantled a third explosive device that fall from the bus after the explosion.”

There were no reported casualties among citizens despite the attack occurring in a rush-hour when citizens were heading to work and students to the classes.

An hour after the blast, Syrian forces conducted shelling on Ariha in the northwestern province of Idlib where anti-government rebels remain fighting. 

Four children were killed on their way to school in northwest Syria, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban confirmed later on Wednesday.

"Four children – three boys and one girl – and a teacher were confirmed killed while on their way to school this morning in an attack on a market in Ariha, south of Idlib, in the northwest of Syria. The numbers of children injured and killed continue to increase," reads the statement.

At least 30 people were wounded, according to the Syrian rescue teams.

UNICEF was not able to immediately confirm if children were among those affected by military bus explosions in Damascus.

"Attacks on civilians including children are a violation of international humanitarian law. Children should be able to reach their schools safely. We repeat our calls to those fighting that children are not a target," UNICEF said. 

Later on Wednesday, Syrian state TV reported another blast at a Syrian army ammunition depot between the cities of Homs and Hama that killed five and injured four.