Syria regime says it retook last rebel position near Qusayr

AFP , Saturday 8 Jun 2013

Thousands of civilians and fighters who fled Qusayr to Eastern Bweida four day ago are unaccounted for as Syrian regime forces clear Eastern Bweida: human rights monitors

Regime forces have retaken the village of Eastern Bweida from rebels, Syrian state television said Saturday, four days after the nearby rebel bastion of Qusayr fell to the Syrian army and Hizbullah.

"Our heroic troops have restored safety and security in Eastern Bweida," the channel said.

The village was the last rebel-held area in the Qusayr area. Hundreds of people who fled Qusayr as it fell Wednesday had taken refuge there.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was concerned about the fate of hundreds of fighters and civilians, among them people wounded.

"Where are the hundreds of civilians and wounded people who fled Qusayr and took refuge in Eastern Bweida? We have no news," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He said it was currently impossible to reach any of the Observatory's contacts in the area.

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