Monday, July 22, 2013

Syria: At least 76 killed in one day

From AP:
Government troops killed at least 75 rebels in and around the Syrian capital on Sunday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. It was one of the deadliest single-day tolls for opposition fighters recently.


A rocket fired by government troops on Khaldiyeh hit the historic Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque, damaging the tomb of a revered figure in Sunni Islam that is located inside the mosque.


Among the 75 rebels killed in the latest fighting in and around Damascus were 49 fighters who were ambushed in the northeastern suburb of Adra early on Sunday. An elite Republican Guard unit attacked the rebels as they were trying to push into the capital, the Observatory reported. The government commander leading the operation also died in the gunbattle, the group said.

According to the Observatory, 17 rebels also died in fighting Sunday in Damascus neighborhoods of Qaboun and Jobar, while nine were killed in the suburbs of Daraya, Harasta and Douma.
Ramadan death toll is now at 663.