Al-Nusra militants executed Hasan al-Ashtar, prominent FSA military commander in Rastan of Homs province, central Syria. File photo
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Urfa, Turkey – Al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) executed one of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) commanders in the city of Rastan in Homs province, central Syria, Nusra-linked activists reported on Saturday.
Nusra militants executed Hasan al-Ashtar, commander of the FSA-linked Khalid Ibn al-Walid Brigade, on charges of “murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping”, after being convicted by the Front’s Sharia Court, media activists loyal to the Front reported.
The beheading of al-Ashtar was preceded by clashes between his brigade and Nusra extremists in Homs. The clashes ended with capturing the commander Hassan al-Ashtar after being injured, along with other FSA rebels.
“Justice took place and al-Ashtar was beheaded in the public square of Rastan town on Saturday,” the source said quoting an announcement by the Nusra Front.
On the other hand, Syrian opposition activists accused al-Nusra of “betraying the revolutionary forces” by beheading FSA leading members in several areas across Syria, including Daraa and Homs.
The fate of other FSA members –who were abducted by al-Nusra militants alongside al-Ashtar last week– remains unknown.
Khalid Ibn al-Walid Brigade was the first faction of the FSA established in the town of Rastan in Homs province. Several commanders of the brigade were assassinated at the hands of pro-Assad forces as well as the Nusra militants, according to media activists in Homs.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News