Syrian rebels combat ISIS and regime forces in Qalamoun

Pro-regime soldiers resting after clashes with rebel forces in Qalamoun. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The Syrian regime forces of “Brigade 20” bombarded the city of Jairud in eastern Qalamoun with heavy artillery and targeted the area around the national hospital, causing the death of 12 people and the injury of dozens others, most of whom are in critical conditions, local activists reported on Tuesday.

Local activists told ARA News that the pro-regime helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on the city of Zabadani, as well as targeting the Jairud Kalamoon area with artillery from the security centers on the western and eastern areas of Qalamoun.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Ahmad Shami, a civil rights activist, said that on Monday the city of Zabadani saw artillery bombardment from the regime-held checkpoints of Hawarat, Ain Ramle and Biqqin plant, coinciding with sporadic shooting that continued for hours. 

“The regime-held checkpoints of Sindiyan, Jirjaniya and the People’s Committees in the Mamoora neighborhood targeted the city of Zabadani with artillery,” Shami added, pointing out that the Lebanese army also attacked Jroud Qalamoun and Jroud Arsal with artillery fire from army centers based in the Tel Hamra and Ras Baalbek areas.

In a related development, the clashes continued between the FSA rebels (backed by the al-Nusra Front) and the pro-regime forces (supported by the Lebanese militia of Hezbollah and the National Defense force) in the Jairud Qalamoun area, FSA sources reported.

The clashes centered in Jroud Fulaita and Assal al-Ward where the rebels launched surprise attacks on locations of Hezbollah and pro-Assad forces.

In another development, on Tuesday sporadic clashes continued between the rebels and the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the Mihsa area, near the eastern area of Qalamoun, as the rebels were trying to deter IS-led attacks. 

 

Reporting by: Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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