Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 17:53 WIB

Syria: Children Killed in Firearm Warehouse Explosion

Illustration

BEIRUT, NNC - A residential building, which is thought to be a storage place for weapons and ammunition, in Idlib, Syria suddenly exploded on Sunday (8/12/2018).

The explosion killed at least 39 people, including 12 children.

A Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported that the explosion occurred in the town of Sarmada, which is located near the Turkish border and north of the provincial capital of Idlib.

A number of Syrian civilians, who were forced to flee during the seven-year war in the country, currently live in the building.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the building was also used by arms dealers.

Meanwhile, the association of Syrian rescue workers, White Helmets, also confirmed the death toll.

The White Helmets, which were formed in rebel-held areas in Syria, added that so far 10 people had been rescued alive from the wreckage after the blast.

The groups said the cause of the explosion was unknown.

Idlib Province is the last area that is still controlled by rebels opposed to the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad.