Hama Car Bombing Kills 50 Syrian Troops

Rebels Say 269 Killed Since Sunday as Fighting Escalates

A suicide car bomber reportedly working for the al-Nusra Front attacked a Syrian military post in the city of Hama, killing at least 50 soldiers, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Such attacks are increasingly common in the Syrian civil war, with another bombing reportedly killing four people in the pro-government district of Mezzeh in Damascus, and other attacks and fighting reported nationwide.

Even the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) effort to kickstart the civil war in the refugee camps seems to be working, as heavy fighting is being reported in Yarmouk, where the FSA has been pumping weapons into Palestinian factions, urging them to seize the camp on behalf of the rebellion.

One rebel group claimed that the overall death toll is now 269 in the last day and a half, with large numbers of people also killed in air strikes, as the regime is increasingly reliant on air power to slow the rebel offensives.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.