DAMASCUS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A total of 12 fighters from Chechnya were killed Friday in Syria's central Hama province, activists said.
The fighters were killed when two rockets landed in the al- Hamra village in the eastern countryside of Hama, the Britain- based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The report spelled no more details.
The Syrian government has long been charging that foreign fighters are joining the battles alongside the opposition rebels, accusing regional countries, such as Turkey, of facilitating the flow of those jihadists into Syria.
On the other hand, the opposition activists charge that members of Lebanon's Hezbollah are fighting alongside the Syrian government troops in the central city of al-Qussair where decisive battles have been raging since last week.
The 26-month-old crisis in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands internally and to neighboring countries, according to a recent UN tally.