Dozens of locals were picking truffles in the Palmyra desert in the Dabayat area, southeast of al-Sukhna city in the eastern province of Homs, a SANA reporter said.
The 53 killed were victims of Daesh terrorists, who "lashed out at them with machine guns for a long time." Daesh members also set fire to the victims' vehicles at the site of the attack, said one of the survivors.
According to the director of Palmyra hospital, Walid Odeh, among the dead, 46 were civilians and 7 soldiers. The director also said that five other bullet injured were received at the hospital.
�� Syrian News Agency:
53 citizens were killed, while they were collecting truffles, in a terrorist attack by Daesh "ISIS" terrorists southeast of Al-Sukhna city, in the eastern countryside of Homs. pic.twitter.com/HCdkrouEEE