Syrian rebels fire hundreds of rockets at regime-held villages in Idlib

Published July 21st, 2015 - 09:02 GMT
Opposition fighters load a homemade rocket launcher during clashes with government forces in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)
Opposition fighters load a homemade rocket launcher during clashes with government forces in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)

Syrian rebels for the past two days have fired hundreds of rockets and shells at regime-held villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least seven and wounding hundreds, AFP reported Tuesday. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Army of Conquest rebel alliance, which includes al-Qaeda militants, targeted the villages of Fuaa and Kafraya. The Britain-based monitor said it was unclear whether the victims were civilians or government troops.

Fighting continued in the two villages on Tuesday between opposition forces and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah militants, according to AFP. In Damascus, regime militia from the villages demonstrated in the streets, asking to be sent to there to defend them. 

Fuaa and Kafraya are two of the only outposts for the government left in the Idlib province, according to AFP, and are now surrounded. 

The rebel alliance began its attack on the villages last week as a retaliation for regime and Hezbollah attacks on Zabadani, the rebel-held bastion along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

 


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