Armed rebels threaten to torch Shiite towns in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- An armed rebel group affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) threatened to set two towns in Northern Syria on fire.

In a statement issued on Monday, Ahrar Al-Sham Battalion, threatened the residents of two Shiite-populated towns of Nabl and Al-Zahra to burn down their houses, FNA dispatches said.

The threats by Ahrar Al-Sham came while they exploded several barrels packed with explosives in Aleppo.

The armed rebels have tightened their grip on two Shiite towns since several months ago. The rebels have made repeated attempts to capture the two towns, but  have failed to do so.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed terrorists and militants against the Syrian army and civilians across the country.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was almost restored in most parts of the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies brought the country into chaos through every possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May, 2012 that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

According to the report, material was being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

By Fars News Agency 

 

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