Syria: 31 Assad soldiers killed in ammunition depot blast at Shayrat airbase

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.

Syria: 31 Assad soldiers killed in ammunition depot blast at Shayrat airbase

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.

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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.