Syria rebels advance in Hama

Two rebel soldiers stand guard in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as over a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel peppered the tin wall behind them. (AFP)

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Friday, rebels of the Islamic battalions took control of al-Rahjan village in the eastern countryside of Hama province, central Syria, following clashes with the pro-regime forces, local sources reported.

Mohammed Qabalan, civil rights activist based in the city of Hama, stated to ARA News that rebels of the Islamic Union of Ajnad al-Sham –backed by al-Nusra Front (Jabhat a-Nusra)– took control of the village (al-Rahjan), after violent clashes with the pro-Assad forces.

“Seizing control of al-Rhajna came after a suicide bombing carried out by one of al-Nusra Front militants at the headquarters of the regime forces inside the village,” Qabalan said.

“The pro-regime forces targeted the village with heavy artillery from their headquarters of Brigade 47, after the opposition fighters took control of the village”.

A number of civilians were reportedly injured amid the shelling.

Qabalan told ARA News that the fighters of the Islamic Union of Ajnad al- Sham seized weapons, ammunition and military vehicles after controlling al-Rahja.

Meanwhile, two fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were reported dead in northern Hama on Friday evening during clashes with pro-Assad military forces in Lahaya village.


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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