Drone kills 80 at a Syrian graduation ceremony

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Syrian Health Minister Hassan al-Ghabash, center, checking a man injured in a drone attack that hit a military graduation ceremony in Homs, Syria, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. Syria’s health minister has raised the casualty tolls from a drone attack that hit a packed military graduation ceremony to 80 killed and 240 wounded. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the Syrian army recently, with its conflict now in its thirteenth year. (SANA via AP)

BEIRUT — A drone attack hit a crowded military graduation ceremony Thursday in the Syrian city of Homs, killing 80 people and wounding 240, the health minister said, in one of the deadliest recent attacks on an army that’s been fighting a civil war for more than a decade.