Around 180 Syrian soldiers, fighters killed in battle for base

The Britain-based group said fighters including the Nusra Front took the base next to the country's main north-south highway linking Aleppo with Damascus

Around 180 Syrian soldiers, fighters killed in battle for base

World Bulletin/News Desk

Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Tuesday.

The Britain-based group said fighters including the Nusra Front, on Monday took the base next to the country's main north-south highway linking Aleppo with Damascus. Fighters also captured the smaller Hamidiya base, southwest of the Wadi al-Deif, the Observatory said.

The group said that around 120 soldiers were captured in the assault, citing insurgent sources.

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had previously managed to repel numerous attacks on Wadi al-Deif in Idlib province, which has been surrounded by insurgents for two years.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report by the Observatory, which says it tracks the conflict through a network of sources on both sides.

Syrian government officials were not available for comment. Syria's state news agency SANA said that the army had killed several "terrorists" in Idlib province.

SANA also said on Tuesday that the army had killed more than 60 "terrorists" from the ISIL militant group in the province of Deir al-Zor, hundreds of kilometres (miles) east of Idlib.

BUS ATTACK

Meanwhile, at least 18 people have been killed in a gun attack on an intercity bus that was on its way from the Syrian city of Raqqa to the capital Damascus, a Syrian anti-Assad coalition said Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Syrian Revolution General Commission, the bus was attacked in Haresta region. All the bus passengers were from Raqqa, which is under control of the ISIL militants, the statement added.

The opposition forces in March 2011 began protests to topple President Bashar Al-Assad, a struggle that turned into a civil war in July of that year after regime forces violently suppressed protests.

More than 190,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began, according to UN figures published last August.

Amnesty International said more than 10 million people have been forced out of their homes; at least four million of them have become refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Aralık 2014, 16:20
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