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Syrian villages 'ultimatum'

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 00:38

July 3 - Syrian rebels launch rockets at two Shi'ite villages in Aleppo which they say are in support of Bashar al-Assad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE Syrian rebels in the northern province of Aleppo on Monday (July 1st) threatened to seize two Shi'ite Muslim villages that back President Bashar al-Assad unless they surrendered to the opposition. Video uploaded to a social media website purportedly showed rebels launching rockets towards the contested villages of Nubl and Zahra. Reuters is unable to independently verify the content of the videos. Activists say both villages had been reinforced by Assad's allies in the increasingly sectarian war, among them fighters from Iran and Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite guerrilla group, Hezbollah. Another video purports to show a gathering of rebels reading a list of demands and announcing their intention to attack the two villages. They went on to reveal a list of six demands, including the surrender of Assad's forces and their weapons, followed by a power sharing deal between the locals and the rebels. The 27-month-old conflict, which pits mostly Sunni insurgents against Assad, backed by Shi'ite Muslims, has already killed more than 100,000 people and driven 1.7 million Syrians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

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Syrian villages 'ultimatum'

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 00:38