Homs: Pro-regime Militants Protest Against Aid Entry for Rebel Areas

Pro-regime paramilitaries force closure of main highway connecting Syria's north and south following a decision to allow aid to enter rebel-held areas

The loyalist National Defense Forces (NDF) militia cut the Homs-Salamiye-Aleppo International road on Saturday in cooperation with locals from the pro-regime village of al-Mushrife.

Zaman al-Wasl’s correspondent in Homs said the NDF cut off the road after a proposal from the regime governor of Homs to open a crossing point for the entrance of food items to besieged civilians in the rebel-held northern countryside.

He added that the crossing point, which has been barricaded near al-Mushrife for the past four years, was supposed to connect Talbiyse city with the Homs-Salamiye road passing through the village of al-Saaen.

The correspondent stressed that the NDF in Mishirfe urged locals to cut the international road, which connects the south and north of Syria, under the pretext that “terrorists” will use the route to commit a massacre in al-Mishrife.

The regime governor in Homs had told pro-regime Addounia TV about the necessity to open a channel for communication with local councils, Sharia bodies, and prominent figures in northern countryside of Homs to reach a solution or establish a truce.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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