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A Saudi newspaper reported that some 1,200 Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon entered Syria from over the past few days. Tensions are rising in Lebanon between pro- and anti-Assad factions. Several thousand women have begun fighting in the Syrian conflict, on both sides. Activists said government airstrikes killed 16 people in a Kurdish village and damaged a historic mosque; the state news agency said a suicide car bomb injured three journalists in Aleppo.
A rights group claimed that gas bombs dropped from aircraft killed two women and two children in Aleppo. Islamists in Deir Azzour, including members of Al Nusrah Front, denounced democracy and vowed that an Islamic state will be created once they enter Damascus. Four Italian journalists kidnapped by an armed Islamist group in Syria have been released. A Lebanese man kidnapped in Syria has been released after a $150,000 ransom was paid.
The head of Ansar al Sharia in Syria, which is affiliated with the Al Nusrah Front, said the rebel groups fighting in Douma, including the Free Syrian Army, all seek the creation of an Islamic state. He alleged that new fighting groups with Islamist names in Ghouta and Daraa are controlled by the US. Government troops clashed with the Al Nusrah Front in Qamishli, very close to the Turkish border. Government forces also battled rebels around Qusair near the Lebanese border and Daraa near the Jordanian border. UK scientists claim to have found traces of chemical weapon use in Syria.
The Assad regime called on the UN to designate the Al Nusrah Front as a terrorist organization, following the group's announcement of its affiliation with al Qaeda. At least 57 people were killed in Deraa province after government forces assaulted two towns linked to defections from the Syrian army. Activists say a rebel battalion has been torturing civilians in the al-Ashrafiya neighborhood of Aleppo.
A suicide car bomber killed 16 people in central Damascus. Syrian rebels and the Kurdish YPG militia are said to be fighting together against the regime in Aleppo. A UN team is waiting for the go-ahead to examine allegations of chemical weapons use. A Syrian rights group said nearly 9,000 government-allied troops have died in the conflict.