On July 10 in the afternoon, a large explosion rocked the eastern outskirts of the militant-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Initially, opposition sources reported that the explosion, which took place in Idlib’s industrial zone, was the result of a drone strike. At least two U.S. combat drones were allegedly circling over the city when the explosion occurred.
more recent satellite image of the place of the blast/strike. the building to the south (blue outline) was destroyed before already pic.twitter.com/pX0Ukx25t8
— Samir (@obretix) July 10, 2020
These claims were later denied by activists, who said that the explosion took place in an ammunition depot of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham. The terrorist group is infamous for stashing weapons and ammunition near heavily populated areas, especially in Idlib city.
— المركز الإعلامي العام MMC (@MMCSYR) July 10, 2020
Pro-government sources also said that the explosion took place in an ammo depot. However, they claimed that it was struck by a combat drone of the Syrian military and its allies. If true, the strike may have been a response to a recent failed attack in northern Lattakia. The attack was a violation of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib.
The large explosion reportedly killed two unidentified men. A third individual sustained serious burns all over his body and is now in a critical condition.
More information about the mysterious explosion is likely to emerge in the next few days. All current speculations are possible. All the current speculations are possible.