Pro-Assad military center bombed in Syria’s Qamishli



ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− On Friday, a military training center for pro-Assad militia of National Army (NA) in the city of Qamislo/Qamishli was bombed.

A car loaded with explosive substances exploded inside the NA center, located in al-Tay neighbourhood in Qamishli, north Syria.

Activists told ARA News that the bombed car, which caused large damage in the militia’s center and the surrounding residential buildings, belonged to the NA. “The explosive substances were loaded by the NA members to be moved from the center, and the explosion apparently happened by mistake,” a media activist based in the area reported to ARA News.   

Dozens of casualties in the ranks of NA militia were reported due to the explosion in the center. A number of civilians in the area were reportedly injured, eyewitnesses told ARA News.  

Pro-Assad activists accused opposition forces of carrying out the operation. However, no party adopted the the bombing of the NA center.    

The casualties of the explosion were reportedly transferred to both the National Hospital and al-Salam hospital in Qamishli city. Syrian security forces surrounded both hospitals and opened fire on cars and vehicles passing by both hospitals.  

A member of the medical staff in the National Hospital told ARA News that dozens of wounded civilians, “mostly children”, were transferred to the hospital after the incident. “Some of them are seriously injured,” he said.  

The National Army consists of a number of pro-Assad Arab tribal fighters (from al-Maamera, al-Jihesh and al-Tal tribes) to replace the decreasing numbers of Syrian security forces in Qamishli and Hasakah,  where Kurds form a majority of the population. 

According to sources, the NA members are being regularly paid by the Syrian regime (mainly by the Ministry of Oil) for their anti-opposition activities in northern Syria. 


Reporting by: Ahmad Shiwesh. Contribution: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid) 


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