DAMASCUS, July 26 (Xinhua) -- As many as 150 government troops were killed when Western-backed rebels stormed a pro-government town in northern Syria's province of Aleppo earlier this week, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.
The report said around 51 of those killed were summarily executed by the rebels, including about 30 officers and warrant officers.
Forces of the Syrian opposition retook the strategic town of Khan al-Asal last Monday, the Observatory said.
The town, located in northern Aleppo, has been a battlefield for months in the Syrian conflict since March, when the Syrian government accused the opposition of using chemical weapons there.
The alleged victory is the first the opposition has claimed in months. They suffered a major defeat in the border town of al- Qussair in June, and lost swaths of areas in central Homs province recently.
The latest development came after a U.S. Pentagon official recently warned that the Syrian conflict has severely deteriorated and could last "many, many months, to multiple years," regardless of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stays in power.
UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged all the parties in Egypt "to act with maximum restraint" and called on "the interim authorities to ensure law and order along with guaranteeing the safety and security of all Egyptians."
"The secretary-general is following closely, and with growing concern, developments in Egypt," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman. Full story
DAMASCUS, July 25 (Xinhua) -- A series of deadly explosions rocked Syria on Thursday, leaving at least 24 people dead as Damascus accused Washington of fueling its crisis by arming rebels.
A booby-trapped car went off Thursday afternoon at the Jaramana suburb of the capital Damascus, killing 17 people and wounding more than 70 others, according to the state media and activists' Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Full story