Al Alam exclusive video of Syria's Adra following a deadly rebel offensive on the town
According to Al Alam reporter Mazen Salmo, militants from the terrorist Jaysh al-Islam group and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front attacked Adra on Wednesday and started killing people, family by family.
A video showed piles of dead bodies in houses, among them children, who were killed during militants’ attack.
Local witnesses told Salmo that militants attacked Adra’s supermarkets, fuel stations and bakeries as they entered the city and scared people off their way.
An unknown number of people have been abducted by militants while many have been killed in their homes, Al Alam reporter said.
Local reports also say that people have been executed in Adra following al-Nusra Front attack on the town, and some have said more than a hundred people have been killed by militants in last couple of days.
Local resistance forces are still fighting the militants in parts of the town, Salmo said, as the country’s army is largely focused on its battle in the strategic Qalamoun area near Damascus.
“It seems that militants are trying to drive army’s attention toward Adra from Qalamoun,” Salmo said.
Militant forces have suffered heavy losses in the Qalamoun fighting.
They have called for a mass mobilization against Syrian army which has shown a strong face in defending capital from militants’ threat.
Nearly three years of crisis has taken its toll on the lives of around 126,000 people in Syria, according to new statistics compiled by the United Nations. Millions have also been displaced due to the turmoil.