Rebels Launch Offensive on Shiite Town in Idleb

Shiite town bombarded in rebel rocket attack in attempt to disrupt regime-supply lines

Ahrar al-Sham and the Army of Islam launched a major offensive on a Syrian regime supply route in Idleb countryside, a military spokesman said.

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The rebel groups waged a massive rocket attack on Deir Zughaib district near the predominantly Shiite town of al-Fua’a on Monday, claiming the area had become a strategic stronghold for Bashar al-Assad’s forces in supporting Shiite militias, according to Islam Alloush, the Army of Islam’s spokesman.

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Rebels also seek to surround al-Fua’a in order to push back Assad's troops and Iranian militants by cutting off the vital route, Alloush added.

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Idleb’s Shiite villages have been under severe siege by the neighboring Sunni countryside, pro-regime activists said. The skirmishes have become a regular occurrence as Assad’s forces pledge protection at any cost.


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