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Opposition activists accused the Assad regime of a gas attack in Harasta, the fourth such attack claimed by the opposition so far in April. The Al Nusrah Front said it was cutting ties with the Raqqah Rebel Brigade. In Idlib, Al Nusrah clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, after ISIS fighters killed Al Nusrah's emir for Idlib and his family members. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Latakia and in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in Deraa, and fought against the ISIS in Deir Izzour. The ISIS released a video showing fighters from foreign countries including the West burning passports, denouncing patriotism, and threatening to come and destroy "tyrants" in Canada and the US. Russia expressed concern about reports the US has supplied at least 20 units of antitank weapons to Syrian rebels.
Regime forces launched an offensive on Homs city, parts of which have been besieged for almost two years, and retook one of the last rebel-held villages in Qalamoun. The Al Nusrah Front claimed three car bombings in Homs and said its fighters are eager to detonate more as well as conduct suicide attacks. In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with the Kurdish Front brigade, and the Islamic Front battled regime forces; ISIS also was targeted by regime forces in Aleppo. ISIS clashed with Islamic fighters in Raqqah. Al Nusrah announced an offensive in Sweida province, and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Deraa. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Reef Dimashq, and in Idlib, where Islamic fighters toured Sermen displaying a beheaded Syrian soldier. Videos appeared showing rebel groups, including the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front and the Harakat Hazm, using US-made antitank rockets.
Regime forces recaptured the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which had fallen to the Al Nusrah Front and rebels in December. Three journalists from Hezbollah's al Manar news were killed near Maaloula and two others were wounded when their car was attacked by Islamist "terrorists." The Syrian National Coalition urged the US to take action against alleged "genocide" by regime forces. The US rejected the regime's claim that it was winning and said the war was now one of "attrition." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Raqqah, and killed six Al Nusrah fighters in Deir Izzour. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces and Hezbollah in Al-Meleha, Ghouta, and Qalamoun; the Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces near Rankous. A suicide car bomb exploded in an Alawite area in Homs.