Rebels clash with Syrian government forces
Rebels clash with Syrian government forces AFP file

Fierce fighting continues between Syrian army forces and rebels around the city of Al Qusair, in the rural area of Homs.

A spokesman for the rebels in Homs told the Al Sharq newspaper that Hizbullah forces carried out yet another massacre Monday near Al Qusair, in which they used knives to murder twenty people – most of them women and children who had been fleeing the battle zone.

The spokesman noted that Syrian army forces and their Hizbullah collaborators are no longer carrying out arrests, but simply killing every person who falls into their hands, as part of a strategy of ethnic cleansing intended to facilitate the establishment of an Alawite state in eastern Syria.

The rebels said that the Syrian army and Hizbullah control the western part of Al Qusair, up to the Lebanese border, and that the regime is forcing residents of Homs and nearby villages to sell their property to Alawites and Shiite residents through intimidation and arrests.