Syrian rebel leaders 'die in air strike'

Dec 26, 2015, 00:11
Syrian rebel leaders 'die in air strike'

Syria's state television channel also reported the death by air strike, but did not say who had carried out the raid.

"The death of Zahran Alloush, head of Jaysh al-Islam [the Army of Islam], is a big blow to rebel control of the rural eastern suburban area known as al-Ghouta, the rebels said".

Rami Abdulraham, head of the UK-based Observatory for Human Rights, said safe passage would be given from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus and neighbouring Hajar al Aswad.

When asked about the Russian involvement in Syria, Alloush said it would "cause more destruction and death for the Syrian people", and that the Russian intervention was "the result of the regime's failure in the war with the revolution".

It said five aides of Alloush were also killed in the attack, the Britain-based watchdog said.

"It is not either clear if the warplane was Russian or Syrian", the watchdog added.

Analysts in Syria said the new resolution has reflected a new understanding between Moscow and Washington, particularly after the two seem to have overlooked some details that have for always been obstacles standing in the face of an worldwide consensus, mainly the issue of the Syrian presidency.

Russian Federation says its attacks are aimed at the Islamic State, but USA officials and activists say Moscow's bombings have largely targeted rebel groups and killed scores of civilians. In addition to fighting government forces, the Army of Islam faction fought pitched battles against its rival, the Islamic State group near Damascus. But he was criticised for a crackdown on dissidents and accused of kidnapping several prominent activists in 2013.

Overall, about 2,000 oil tank trucks have been destroyed since the bombing campaign in Syria commenced on September 30, Russian Federation said. Men and women were put in large metal cages on top of trucks that drove around Damascus suburbs. Such attacks have killed and wounded scores of civilians.

It recently joined an opposition summit in Riyadh which produced a framework for peace talks with the government.

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