The Syrian Defense Ministry said the attack took place early in the morning on the Raqqa-Homs highway.
At least 11 soldiers and two civilians have been killed in an attack in northern Syria after a civilian bus was diverted to a highway connecting the cities of Raqqa and Homs, the Syrian Defense Ministry said.
“About 6:30 p.m. [03:30 GMT] “This morning, a civilian bus was attacked in a terrorist attack on the Raqqa-Homs highway in the Al Jira region,” the ministry said. statement on Monday, adding that three other servicemen were injured.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, military observer, reported that ISIL cells (ISIL) attacked a bus in the area of Jabal al-Bashari in the al-Raqa desert, but said it was a military vehicle.
“The death toll is thought to be rising as some are seriously injured,” SOHR said.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but ISIL previously controlled the area before it was expelled and continued. brazen attacks after the defeat of the group on the battlefield three years ago.
The city of Raqqa was the capital of the armed group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”.
Syrian authorities have regularly blamed armed groups for such attacks.
The 11-year conflict in Syria has divided the country into various zones of control, with government troops and allied fighters controlling most of the territory. ISIL’s sleeping cells have been active in eastern, northern and central Syria.
Part of the northwestern territory is held by Turkish-backed opposition forces and more rigid groups, while US-backed Kurdish forces hold the northeastern part.
Similar attacks have occurred before – one of the deadliest was in December 2020, when 28 people were killed in an attack on a bus on the main highway in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.
With the support of Russia and Iran, the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has regained much of the territory lost in the early stages of the war that erupted in 2011 when the government brutally suppressed pro-democracy protests.
The war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and led to the emergence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Analysts have long feared the group’s resurgence, but it is still unable to expand significantly and is largely limited to cell attacks.