Syria Troops Storm Rebel Town in Homs


Syrian regime forces stormed a town in the central province of Homs on Thursday after days of fierce clashes with rebels, a monitoring group said.

State television said the army had "restored peace and security" to Al-Qariatayn.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said regime forces had "stormed the town of Al-Qariatayn" after days of fighting.

"Now the army is searching the town and detaining people," he said.

The army has been pressing an assault on villages surrounding Homs city, dubbed "the capital of the revolution" by anti-regime activists.

Few enclaves remain in rebel hands today.

Regime forces have besieged rebel-held districts in Homs city for more than a year, shelling them daily.

President Bashar Assad's troops seized the former rebel stronghold of Qusayr in the province earlier this month, supported by fighters from Hizbullah.

North of Homs city, the army has intensified its bombardment of rebel-held Rastan and Talbisseh.

On Thursday, the army renewed shelling the town of Houla, scene of a massacre last year, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists.

To the east, rebels maintain a presence in a handful of areas, among them Palmyra in the eastern desert.

"The army wants to secure a kind of moral victory by crushing Homs," Abdel Rahman said.

"Areas east of Homs city are important because they lie near Damascus province," he told Agence France Presse.

Activists in and near Damascus have reported daily bombing of rebel areas, and a major assault that has lasted more than a week against the Qaboon and Barzeh districts in the north and east of the capital.

Meanwhile, the army has captured parts of Barzeh, the Observatory said.

"Regime troops used mortars and rocket fire to target Qaboon," said the Syrian Revolution General Commission, another network of activists.

In southern Damascus, clashes raged around the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, said the Observatory.

Towns near Damascus held for months by opposition forces for months, such as Harasta, Zamalka and Douma, have been coming under intense fire, said the Observatory.

Clashes also raged in Rashidin district in the northern city of Aleppo, the Observatory said, days after a rebel attack aimed at taking regime-controlled areas of the city.

Syria's war has killed more than 100,000 people, the Observatory estimates.

Comments 12
Missing zahle_nights 27 June 2013, 21:36

The next battle should be fought in Damascus itself... They should bring war and destruction to the heart of the city where the dictator is hiding...

Thumb sajad 27 June 2013, 21:55

Ask your mom to change your pajama :)

Missing beirutbastard00 28 June 2013, 02:06

That was actually funny +1 from me. What time is it in Australia now?

Missing zahle_nights 27 June 2013, 21:58

Very soon my friend very soon... I will be popping the champagne... Bachar will be hung upside-down in the middle of Damascus square... Mosilini style ending in WWII.

Thumb sajad 27 June 2013, 22:02

Zahle, Ask your mom to change your pajama :)

Missing zahle_nights 27 June 2013, 22:13

Your mom just changed it for me. Ask her she will tell you...

Missing zahle_nights 27 June 2013, 22:28

the_roar your boyfriend sajad brought the moom first. Can't you see it?

Default-user-icon freecitizen (Guest) 27 June 2013, 22:29

even if Assad wins who's going to build the country, where's the money going to come from? Syria will become weak and divided just like Iraq unfortunately

Missing beirutbastard00 28 June 2013, 02:02

Aha! U hit the nail right on the head... Where will they get the money to rebuild?? Y Saudi Qatar n America of course :) a renovation of their new property u can say.

But hey, all the Syrians will finally leave to work in Syria.

Missing beirutbastard00 28 June 2013, 02:04

Hey Syrian army (josh) u should prolly get some rest, ur posting at 1am. Fighting the good fight on the Internet, a true hero.

Missing beirutbastard00 28 June 2013, 02:10

A weird thing I noticed... It said the army is shelling houla, where that massacre happened. So I'm assuming it means the army couldn't hold houla, and the ppl there are with the rebels. Evidence the army committed the massacre?

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 28 June 2013, 08:56

if its true "Respect"!