Pro-Assad forces regain control over Alawite village near Hama

18-02-2014

 

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria– On Monday, forces loyal tothe Syrian regime regained control over Ma’an village in the countryside of Hama −populated by an Alawite majority− following clashes with fighters of the armed opposition.

The village was taken as a stronghold by the opposition’s rebel forces nearly one week ago. 

A member of the media office in Hama city stated to ARA News that the regime forces, backed by members of the National Defense Army, regained control over the Alawite village of Ma’an after fierce clashes with opposition fighters of Jund al-Aqsa Brigade and the Islamic Front.

“Dozens of fighters were killed in the ranks of both sides during Monday’s clashes near Ma’an village,” said the source. 

Fighters of the armed opposition had taken control over the village after clashes with the regime forces and fighters loyal to the Assad regime, which caused the death of 25 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters. The Syrian government had accused the opposition fighters of committing a massacre against civilians and demanded the international community to condemn the alleged “terrorist” acts carried out by opposition forces against Alawites (branch of Shiit sect, to which President Assad belongs) in the countryside of Hama.

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

 

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