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60 Syria soldiers among dead in battle with jihadists

Rebel fighters from the Islamic Front, Syria's largest rebel coalition, hold a position during clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS) on the outskirts of Aleppo on July 13, 2014At least 60 soldiers and pro-regime fighters were among the 270 killed in a bloody jihadist attack on a gas field in central Syria, a pro-regime newspaper reported on Sunday. With the Syrian counter-attack to try to recapture the Shaar field in Homs province in its third day, Al-Watan, citing a military source, give a toll of “60 martyrs” among regime forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had earlier reported it had documented “the deaths of 270 people killed in fighting or executed” by Islamic State (IS) militants. “A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner” in the seizure of the field, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

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