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Regime bombardments killed 12 civilians in the Aleppo town of Tel'eren, which was wrested from the control of Liwa' Jabhat al-Akrad rebels by the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in July. Al Nusrah and Ahrar al-Sham clashed with regime forces near Aleppo Central Prison. Al Nusrah executed 10 regime soldiers in Deir Azzour, and rebels took over a literature college near al-Reshdiya. The OPCW has visited 14 of 20 chemical weapons sites, but has been unable to inspect the Safira military complex due to heavy fighting. The Syrian National Council said it would not participate in the Geneva talks unless Assad first steps down. Nine Lebanese pilgrims held by rebels since May 2012 have reportedly been freed. ISIS released a statement about its expulsion of the Northern Storm Brigade from Azaz; a video of a suicide bomber in Iraq; and photos of a child training camp in Ghouta.
A rebel sniper killed senior Syrian general Jama'a Jama'a in a battle in Deir Azzour with fighters that included al Qaeda forces. He was head of military intelligence in Deir Azzour, and had been blacklisted by the US in 2006. A Canadian lawyer who worked for the UN observer force along Syria's Golan Heights border and who was kidnapped in February managed to escape from his rebel captors. The humanitarian evacuation of residents from rebel-held Moadhamiya has been impeded by both rebels and regime forces. Security concerns caused OPCW inspectors to be turned back from one site.
A rebel claiming to speak for some 65 Free Syrian Army units said they were withdrawing from the Syrian National Coalition. Regime gunners attacked rebel and Al Nusrah Front forces clashing with regime troops outside Aleppo Central Prison. Two Al Nusrah suicide bombers detonated inside the gates of the prison, killing at least seven guards as well as themselves. ISIS clashed with a rebel battalion outside Azaz, and detained a rebel leader who controlled the Bustan al-Qasr crossing. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with Al Nusrah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in Hasakah; 21 ISIS and Nusrah fighters, as well as 12 YPG fighters, were killed. YPG had offered an Eid ceasefire two days ago, saying it would fight only if attacked. Two suicide bombers targeted the Allahu Akbar brigade in Deir Azzour. A minibus hit a mine in Deraa, killing 21 people. The OPCW said it has visited 11 of 20 chemical weapons sites and destroyed equipment at six of them.
Fighting continued throughout Syria despite the Eid al-Adha holiday. Rebel bombs targeted churches in Damascus suburbs, as well as areas of central Damascus. Regime aircraft bombed rebel-held areas south and east of Damascus. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with the rebel Northern Storm brigade at the Bab Salam post at the Turkish border; the two groups clashed last month in Azaz, another border town. ISIS released a video showing Kazakh jihadists and a suicide bombing in the Nabak area of Damascus. An opposition activist claimed last week that a Catholic priest kidnapped by ISIS in July is alive. OPCW experts have visited eight of 20 chemical weapons sites, but so far none of the weapons have been destroyed.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham released four of the seven Red Cross aid workers recently kidnapped in Idlib; the group still holds three of them. A car bombing in Idlib killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens more. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with regime forces in Deir Azzour; rebels have reportedly taken over the military hospital there. Rebels shelled a judicial building in Aleppo and the Kweiris military airport. A jihadist claimed that a Japanese photographer converted to Islam and joined ISIS. A Kosovan fighter in Azaz appeared in an ISIL video promoting jihad. Another ISIS video showed the March 4 attack at the Yarabiyah crossing on the Iraq-Syria border.