Zahran Alloush was reported dead in a Russian airstrike near Damascus on Friday. File photo
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DAMASCUS – A Russian airstrike hit rebel headquarters in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus countryside, killing a prominent Syrian rebel leader, activists reported on Friday.
The airstrike targeted the headquarters of Jaish al-Islam (al-Islam Army), a main rebel group in Damascus suburb.
“The Russian airstrike hit a building near Misraba district of Eastern Ghouta, where major rebel commanders of al-Islam Army were holding a meeting, including the prominent leader of the group Zahran Alloush,” media activist and rebel spokesman Jihad Mustafa told ARA News in Damascus.
Alloush is the founder of al-Islam Army, the largest rebel group in Damascus province. He had led rebel operations against pro-Assad army in Damascus and its countryside for nearly three years after deserting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and establishing his own rebel group.
Regime-held districts of Damascus have been repeatedly exposed to bombardment by the rebels of al-Islam Army.
Friday’s raid has also claimed lives of several leading members of the group, including the deputy of Alloush.
“The killing of Alloush and other top commanders of al-Islam Army is aimed at bolstering the morale of pro-Assad forces in Damascus,” Mustafa said, adding that it is not clear yet who would replace the leader and founder of the major rebel group.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef and Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News