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article imageSyrian rebels launch massive attack on Assad's weapons depot

By Abdul Kuddus     Aug 2, 2013 in World
Damascus - Syrian rebels launched a barrage of rockets at a weapons depot in the Syrian city of Homs, according to reports. Rockets set off successive explosions at the weapons depot reportedly killing at least 40 people.
The depot reportedly is a strategic weapon repository for the Syrian forces in their offensive against the city of Homs. Among the dead are government forces and civilians.
The blasts took place hours after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the former rebel held Daraya near capital Damascus to mark the 68th anniversary of Syrian Army Day.
Daraya was a rebel stronghold until the Syrian army recaptured it earlier this year.
Addressing the government forces Assad said:
“Had we in Syria not been confident of victory, we would not have been able to remain steadfast and resist the aggression for over two years.”
The blasts at the depot indicate that despite significant advances by the Assad’s forces, the rebels still have the capability to strike back.
Assad’s forces have gained significant victories in recent months in the central province of Homs with the support of Shiite Muslim groups from Iran, Iraq and the militant Hezbollah from Lebanon.
The blasts sent a massive ball of fire, thick smoke and dust into the sky. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rocket attack at the arms depot killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 100.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the rebels launched rockets at the Wadi Thahab neighbourhood and two other districts populated by Alawite supporters of Basar al- Assad.
Reportedly, the Haqq Brigade—one of the largest rebel groups in Homs—claimed responsibility for the attack. The group is allied to the Syrian Islamic Front, a body of Islamist rebel groups across the country.
Meanwhile a United National chemical weapons investigations team announced they will visit three sites in Syria where Sarin gas attacks reportedly took place.
Assad's forces and Syrian rebels blame each other for the use of chemical weapons. The UN weapons inspectors are expected to establish whether chemical agents have actually been used in the two-and-a-half-year conflict.
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