Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has won the battle against Syrian Islamist rebel groups and recaptured the province of Raqqa. Violent fighting is being reported in the province of Aleppo.
According to local sources the
civil war between the rebels for the conquest of Raqqa ended in a massacre. The
Işil militiamen executed at least 100 prisoners belonging to the groups of al-
Nousra (al-Qaeda in Syria) and Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. They
had been captured in recent days during the taking of the city of Tel Abiad
situated on the border with Turkey. In
ten days, the internal conflict between the rebels against the regime has left
at least 700 people dead. Of these deaths more than 500 are militants, while 16
Isil suicide bombings in Aleppo , Idlib , Homs and Raqqa killed and estimated
The coalition of Mujahideen to fight Işil extremists was born on January 3 and brings together 8 various factions of rebel groups: Free Syrian Army , Ahrar al- Sham , the Al- Nusra terrorists, a group linked to al - Qaeda and the main rivals of Isil. In an official statement the anti- Isil coalition claims it "wants to defend the honor of the rebels and Syria". The militants say they will fight against "Isil, who has violated the dictates of Allah, until it announces its dissolution".
The Assad regime has taken advantage of the clash between the rebels to continue its offensive against Homs and Aleppo. According to sources in the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , yesterday in Homs alone at least 20 civilians were killed in Syrian air raids.
The escalation of the conflict has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. Much of the city is without water. The government army blocks supply routes to areas under siege, "enormous pressure" on civilians. MSF: health system near "total collapse". Kurdish fighters wrestle a military air base from militia.