Video uploaded to social media website purports to show air strikes in Homs, Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Videos uploaded to a social media website on Saturday (February 25) purport to show air strikes in the rebel-held al-Waer area of Homs, Syria. The videos show explosions and smoke rising from two targets in the built-up area, showing a violent air raid taking place, according to the caption of one of the videos. Although the government of President Bashar al-Assad has controlled most of Homs since 2014, rebels still control its al-Waer district. The Syrian Observatory for Human rights, a British-based war monitor said that warplanes launched no less than 20 air strikes in al-Waer, wounding 50. Suicide bombers stormed two Syrian security offices in Homs on Saturday, killing dozens with gunfire and explosions including a senior officer and prompting air strikes against the last rebel-held enclave in the western city. The jihadist rebel alliance Tahrir al-Sham said in a social media post that five suicide bombers had carried out the attack, which it celebrated with the words "thanks be to God", but stopped short of explicitly claiming responsibility. The attack comes as government and opposition delegations join peace talks in Geneva sponsored by the United Nations. Tahrir al-Sham opposes the talks and has fought with factions that are represented there.