, monitoring group says
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least 80 people were killed and hundreds injured in a reported drone attack on a Syrian military college in Aleppo on Tuesday. The SOHR said that the college was part of an air force technical college and that the attack was likely carried out by anti-government forces.
The Syrian Defence Ministry also acknowledged the attack and said that it was carried out by “terrorist groups.” However, the identity of the attackers remains unknown. The Observatory said that a number of high-ranking military personnel were among those killed in the attack.
This is not the first attack on a military college in Syria; last year, an attack on an air force academy in Homs killed at least seven people. In response to the attack, President Bashar al-Assad condemned the “barbaric terrorist aggression on an educational centre”.
The conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011 and shows no signs of slowing down. According to recent estimates, over 470,000 people have been killed in the fighting and millions more have been displaced. The international community has failed to agree on a political solution to the conflict, leaving Syrians vulnerable to attacks such as this one.