Syrian regime claims 300 rebels killed in air strikes

Syrian regime TV claims that at least 300 rebels killed in air strikes on besieged hospital of Jisr al Shughur in Idlib

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Syria’s regime run SANA television channel claimed that at least 300 rebels were killed in air raids conducted by regime aircraft on the National Hospital of Jisr al Shughur where a group of regime soldiers remain under siege.

Pro-regime media claimed that 38 soldiers, including one official, were freed after breaking the siege, while airing names of over 81 officials, including one major general, that died in the hospital as they were trying to flee.

Opposition media sources reported through social media pages that more than 288 regime troops were killed by rebels as they attempted to flee the hospital.

Leading opposition groups Ahrar ash Sham, the Levant Front, Islam Army alongside the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front comprised an operations room coined the Fatah Amy on March 24 which captured the strategic city of Jisr al Shughur on April 25 following significant advances in the Idlib province.

In the battle to capture the city of Idlib, known as the “Victory battle”, the Fatah Army captured the city after four days of clashes on March 28.

Less than a month later the Fatah Army captured two major regime military bases, al Qarmeed and al Mastouma, killing hundreds of regime soldiers.

Jisr al Shughur is situated near the main regime supply line between Aleppo and the regime-held coastal provinces.

More than 220,000 Syrians were killed in the four-year civil war according to UN estimates and 6.7 million Syrians, 70 percent of the country's population, are displaced internally.

Over 4 million have fled the country to the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

TRTWorld and agencies