Syria: loyalists battle jihadists for Christian town of Sada

Strategic town on Damascus-Homs highway

25 October, 11:11

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, OCTOBER 25 - Jihadist rebels and loyalist forces are fighting for the historic Syriac Orthodox Christian town of Sadad, activists cited eyewitnesses as saying Friday.

    Sadad is strategically located between the central city of Homs and the Syrian capital of Damascus. Sadad is key to controlling the Damascus-Homs highway and the Qalamoun Mountains, which border with Lebanon.

    Islamic fundamentalist insurgents have been attacking the western outskirts of Sadad for days, driving part of the population to flee to Damascus or Homs.

    Regime forces are continuing their offensive against ''terrorists'' in Sadad, official SANA news agency reported Friday.

    ''Armed men are continuing their siege'', Sadad inhabitants wrote on Facebook. (ANSAmed).

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