Nearly 90 Syrian rebels killed in 48 hours
03 September, 2013
BEIRUT: Nearly 90 rebels were killed near the Syrian capital over the past 48 hours, a watchdog said on Monday, as fighting raged ahead of possible foreign military action against the regime.
At least 29 of those killed, among them non-Syrians, died in an army ambush Monday in Adra, northeast of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The group, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground for its information, said security forces were also among those killed and injured, without giving numbers.
State news agency SANA, meanwhile, said an army unit had killed "mostly" members of the Islamist group Al-Nusra Front, which has many foreign recruits. Adra, an industrial city 35 kilometres from Damascus, is a key entry point to Eastern Ghouta, an agricultural area where rebels and regime forces have frequently clashed.
Rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was one of the Damascus suburbs targeted in alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21 that caused worldwide outrage and triggered calls for US-led military retaliation against the regime.