Beirut, August 12: At least 23 rebel fighters have been killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. Notably, the explosion took place at an army camp of the Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam near the border crossing town of Nassib.
The explosion was massive and affected the surroundings badly. As soon as the explosion took place dozens who were injured were transported to the nearby hospitals and are being treated. According to the hospital sources, the death toll may increase as 20 injured are in critical condition.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a violent explosion hit an army camp of the Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam near the border crossing town of Nassib killing at least 23 fighters and a dozen others were wounded. It said most of the killed were from Jaish al-Islam.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but media reports suggest that jihadists linked to the Islamic State group have attacked rebels in the southern part of the country.
The Nassib crossing used to be a major transit point into Syria for people and goods coming to and from the Gulf countries through Saudi Arabia and Jordan until it was seized by rebels during Syria's civil war. The Nasib border was captured by rebel groups in April 2015. It has since turned into an all-out war that has drawn in international powers and killed more than 330,000 people.
Syria's uprising erupted in the province in March 2011 with widespread protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. It has since turned into an all-out war that has drawn in international powers and killed more than 330,000 people. Under a plan hammered out in May this year between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four "de-escalation zones" were to be established across Syria to ease fighting between regime and rebel forces.