Dubai – At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb blast attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, media reports said.
The explosion on Saturday in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted residents who were evacuated from the rebel-besieged towns of Fouaa and Kefraya in Idlib province under a deal reached between the Syrian government and rebels.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday informed that at least 126 people were killed in the blast, raising a previous death toll reported at 112.
The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group that operates in rebel-held parts of Syria, had said on Saturday that at least 100 people were killed, while a report on Syrian state TV had given a death toll of 39.
Since there was no confirmation as to what caused the blast, state media said a “suicide bomber” allegedly used a van meant for carrying aid supplies to enter the area. The SOHR said the explosion came from a vehicle-born improvised explosive device.
Media reported that dozens of bodies littered the ground and ambulances were packed with victims.
“The civil defence teams are recovering the bodies and searching for survivors. Many of the buses were totally destroyed,” media said.
Pictures posted on state media showed what appeared to be the aftermath of the explosion, with burned bodies and fires belching out thick-black smoke.