Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed in Air Raid


Damascus: Zahran Aloush, the head of Jaysh al Islam, one of the most powerful insurgent groups in the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted his group’s headquarters, two rebel sources said on Friday.

They said a secret headquarters of the rebel group, which is the largest rebel faction in the area and has thousands of fighters, was targeted by what they described as Russian planes.

Meanwhile, activists also said the air strike killed Aloush’s deputy and his spokesman in southern Damascus, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The news of the air strike comes after some 4,000 people, half of them militant fighters, decided to leave three besieged districts south of Syria’s capital at the weekend as part of a landmark ceasefire.

ISIS militants and its rival, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front, will reportedly quit the districts of Qadam, Hajar al-Aswad and the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk.

(inputs from AFP & Reuters)