Free Syrian Army fighter 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Aref Hretani)
The chief of staff of the Syrian Opposition Supreme Military Council said forces
fighting against the regime of President Bashar Assad could lose the
revolution if the West did not act immediately, Qatar-based al-Jazeera
reported on Saturday.
Rebels are largely surrounded in
Brig.-Gen. Salim Idris warned his alleged
300 fighters in the city of Qusair were overwhelmed by Hezbollah operatives fighting in the strategic post, and the outcome of the
conflict could rely on the West's providing weapons to the rebels.
, a town of 30,000 that has become a strategic battleground. Assad's
forces want to take the area to secure a route between the capital Damascus and
his stronghold on the Mediterranean coast, effectively dividing rebel-held
territories in the north and south.
Syrian government forces and Hezbollah launched a
fierce campaign to seize more rebel territory
in Qusair on
Saturday, sources on both sides of the conflict said.
Rebels fighting to
topple Assad said additional tanks and artillery had been
deployed around opposition-held territory in the border town.
Syrian rebels had
said that whatever the outcome, they will plot sectarian revenge attacks on
Shi'ite and Alawite villages on either side of the border.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory, which has a network of activists across Syria,
said Assad forces led by Hezbollah were trying to advance from three directions
in the city."Every area they didn't have a foothold in, they are trying
to gain one now," Rami Abdelraham, head of the Observatory, told Reuters by
Rebels from across Syria say they have sent some of their
units into Qusair.