Syria: 31 Assad soldiers killed in ammunition depot blast at Shayrat airbase
At least 31 Syrian Army soldiers have been killed in a blast that rocked the Shayrat airbase located in the east of the Syrian Homs province.
According to the state SANA news agency, the explosion was a result of a “technical error” during the transportation of old ammunition.
According to a military source at the airbase, the ammunition depot was believed to have overheated due to high temperatures.
The source added that 31 soldiers were killed and many more wounded as a result of the explosions.
Among the soldiers killed were several high-ranking officers that were headquartered near the ammunition depot.
The Shayrat airbase is one of the regime’s most significant installations in the center of the country.
In 2017, US airstrikes hit the base in response to a sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northwest Syria. According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the chemical attack.