Report: Assad's forces kill 12 Syria rebels taking flour from mill

July 29, 2013 23:22

AMMAN - At least 12 rebel fighters were killed on Monday as they were taking flour from a mill on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, opposition activists said, in their latest setback at the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

The rebels had only just captured the mill on the Damascus Airport road following a battle that lasted several hours, in the hope that they could relieve a food shortage caused by a siege of the area by loyalist forces for the last two months.

"The Free Syrian Army took over the flour mill after a battle that lasted several hours, but the regime's forces shelled the area and hit it from the air as the fighters were transporting the flour out of the mill," activist Abu Kassem al-Shabawi said from the area.

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