The attackers hit a military bus with an anti-tank rocket in western Aleppo province, the state news agency SANA reported.
A rocket attack on a military bus has killed 10 soldiers and wounded nine more in northwestern Syria, the country’s state news agency SANA reported.
The death toll is the highest reported in pro-government ranks from a rebel attack since a truce deal brokered by Russia and Turkey in March 2020. The truce has largely held despite sporadic attacks from both sides, including continued Russian airstrikes.
The bus was attacked in western Aleppo province on Friday morning, the SANA news agency said.
The attackers hit the bus with an anti-tank missile, the agency reported.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred near the border with rebel-held territory near the Turkish border.
The Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham posted a video on its Telegram channel on Friday showing a rocket hitting a bus, with a caption stating that the footage shows the moment a military bus belonging to pro-Assad militias was destroyed. west of Aleppo. The content of the video could not be independently verified.
The leader of Lebanon’s heavily armed Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, which has intervened in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, offered condolences for the dead in a televised speech later on Friday.
A pro-Damascus military source told Reuters those killed on the bus were pro-government Shiite fighters from the cities of Nubl and Zahraa.
Assad’s government has relied on local paramilitary forces and allied fighters from countries including Lebanon and Iraq to recapture swathes of territory in the country’s 11-year war.
Northwest Syria is the last great bastion of those fighting the Assad government and its allies.
Before Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict, the Assad regime controlled barely a fifth of the national territory. With the support of Russia and Iran, Damascus has regained much of the ground lost in the early stages of the conflict. Moscow deployed its air force to Syria in 2015 in support of Assad and regularly engages in bombing.
The latest pocket of armed opposition to the regime includes large swathes of the Syrian province of Idlib and parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.
Turkish forces, which back some rebel groups, are deployed in the rebel-held area, where the main front lines in the conflict, which grew out of protests against the Assad regime in 2011, have been virtually frozen for several years.