Explosion at Syria’s Homs Arms Depot After Reported Israeli Attack

Syrian Army denies explosion was from an attack

A large explosion at an arms depot in Syria’s Homs Province on Friday caused a substantial number of civilian casualties, wounding over 20 according to some reports. The Syrian government confirmed the explosion, but what happened seems disputed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that this was the result of an Israeli strike, which is something that has been happening in the area quite often lately. Since this warehouse was claimed to belong to Hezbollah, it’s also credible that Israel would attack it.

Syria’s Army, however, issued its own statement saying that the series of blasts was not caused by an attack, though they did not say what the alternative reason would be for a large explosion in Homs.

Israel hasn’t commented, but this is not unusual, as they have in recent days refused to comment on attacks, but also said that they aren’t going to stop attacking Syria. The Syrian government may wish to avoid drawing attention to that, however, since they have so far been unable to prevent such strikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.