foreign-backed militants have launched a deadly offensive on the Syrian town of
Adra, located northeast of Damascus, that has forced hundreds of people flee out
of the town.
According to Al Alam reporter Mazen Salmo, militants from the
terrorist Liwa al-Islam group, and al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front attacked Adra
during the last week and started killing people, family by family.
A video showed piles of dead bodies in houses, among them children,
which were killed during militants’ attack.
Local witnesses told Salmo that militants attacked Adra’s super
markets, fuel stations and bakeries as they entered the city and scared people
off their way.
An unknown number of people have been abducted by militants while
many have been killed in their homes, Al Alam reporter said.
Local reports also say that people have been executed in Adra
following al-Nusra Front attack on the town, and some have said more than a
hundred people have been killed by militants in last couple of days.
Local resistance forces are still fighting the militants in parts of
the town, Salmo said, as the country’s army is largely focused on its battle in
the strategic Qalamoun area near capital Damascus.
“It seems that militants are trying to drive army’s attention toward
Adra from Qalamoun,” Salmo said.
Militant forces have suffered heavy losses in the Qalamoun
They have also called for a mass mobilization against Syrian army
which has shown a strong face in defending capital from militants’ threat.
Nearly three years of crisis has taken its toll on the lives of
around 126,000 people in Syria, according to new statistics compiled by the
United Nations. Millions have also been displaced due to the turmoil.
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