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Civilians in Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya Fight Back Against Jaysh Al-Fateh

22 July 2015 22:21

Christian fighters of Sutoro (The Syriac Security Office) carry their weapons as they man a checkpoint in the town of Tel Tamr February 25, 2015. Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group. The Assyrian Christians were taken from villages near the town of Tel Tamr, some 20 km (12 miles) to the northwest of the city of Hasaka. There has been no word on their fate. There have been conflicting reports on where the Christians had been taken. REUTERS/Rodi Said (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

For the last four days, the conglomerate of Islamist factions known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” have indiscriminately launched over 600 mortar shells into the predominately Shi’i towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya, killing a dozen civilians and wounding over 70 others as a result of this cruel reprisal for the Syrian Armed Forces’ recent offensive in Al-Zabadani.

Isolated and surrounded, the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) fighters protecting these two towns have had enough, they carried out their own operation at the eastern perimeter of Al-Fou’aa, where they sought to eliminate the lingering threat posed by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” in the vicinity of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya.

This assault on the checkpoint leading to the rebel stronghold of Binnish was properly executed by the civilian-led National Defense Forces on Tuesday morning; however, the Syrian Armed Forces suffered 6 casualties as a result of this unorthodox offensive to build a buffer-zone around the towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya.

Meanwhile, at the northern perimeter of Kafraya, the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham combatants resumed their relentless array of mortar shells and hellfire cannons into the residential areas of this town.

According to a statement issued by Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham fighters: this unjust assault on the civilian populous of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya is directly related to the Syrian Armed Forces’ assault on the civilian populous in Al-Zabadani.

However, further research suggests that there are less than 200 civilians left inside this once prosperous city in west Rif Dimashq.

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