126 refugees killed in Syria attack

Written By: Ian Hernon
Published: April 21, 2017 Last modified: April 21, 2017

At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in a car bomb attack on buses carry­ing evacuees from besieged Syrian towns.

The explosion shattered buses and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo.

Separately, several people, mostly children, are reported to have been injured by shelling in the capital, Damascus. At least three shells landed near the central Umayyad Square, state and pro-government media outlets reported.

The evacuees attacked were being moved from Foah and Kefraya, mostly Shia Muslim government-held towns which have been encircled by rebels and al-Qaeda-linked Sunni jihadists since March 2015.

In his Easter Sunday address, Pope Francis called the bombing a “vile attack”.

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Ian Hernon is Deputy Editor of Tribune