13 Syrian Soldiers Killed in IS’s Bus Ambush in Palmyra Desert

At least 13 Syrian soldiers died Sunday in an Islamic State (IS) group attack on their vehicle in the central Syrian desert, while a human rights organization said they can confirm the death of 15 soldiers in the attack.

State news agency SANA reported that another 18 soldiers were wounded in the attack that took place east of the Third Station in the Palmyra countryside of Al-Badiyah.

“At nearly 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, a military bus was targeted by a terrorist attack with various types of weapons,” SANA quoted a military source as saying. A number of officers are also among the victims.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that fifteen soldiers were killed in an (IS) group attack on an army bus, terming it a “terrorist attack.”

SOHR, who quoted its sources across the country, said the death toll could rise as most of the soldiers were “seriously wounded.”

The IS did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack.

Millions of Syrian people have been killed, wounded, and displaced since the eruption of civil war in 2011 after nationwide protests against the government that was met with a brutal crackdown.

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