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Rebel groups and NGOS in Libya are donating weapons and aid to the Syrian opposition. Salafist-controlled NGOS and private donors in Kuwait are sending guns and money to al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria, including the Syrian Islamic Front, which has refused to join the Free Syrian Army. The Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham released a commander of the A'bad al-Rahman rebel battalion and head of the Free Syrian Agency, along with nine other activists who had been held for weeks; the al Qaeda-linked group is estimated to be holding more than 1,500 people captive in Raqqah, including dozens of women. Non-Syrian fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham have taken over the only crossing between east and west Aleppo.
Syrian rebels in Aleppo dispersed civilians protesting against a rebel blockade of food and medical supplies into government-held areas of the city; the head of the sharia council told rebels to allow food through the blockade. Protesters in Menbej city demanded that Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham fighters leave. Influential Islamist cleric Sheikh Anas Ayrout, a member of the Syrian National Coalition and a commander of the Islamic Liberation Army Front, called on rebel forces to concentrate on Syria's Alawite heartland and "create a balance of terror." Al Nusrah Front forces in al Hasaka province tortured six civilians; one died and five were released. The World Food Programme said both sides in the conflict have blocked shipments of food aid in recent months.
At its first central party leadership committee meeting since 2005, the Assad regime's ruling Baath party replaced 16 of its top leaders, including Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa, who will nonetheless remain in office. Ghassan Hitto, prime minister of the rebel Syrian National Coalition, resigned today, citing an inability to form an interim government. Hitto is said to be closer to Islamists and less favored by Saudi Arabia, whose candidate, secular dissident Ahmad Assi Jarba, was selected two days ago to lead the Syrian National Coalition. Jarba said the rebels' position was weak and proposed a truce for Ramadan; the regime did not respond to the offer and is intensifying its attacks on Homs. A commander of the rebel Hamza Assad Allah Brigade testified that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had killed "tens of people" in al-Dana and decapitated the leader of the Hamza Assad Allah Brigade and his brother. Sources say none of the US arms promised to the rebels has arrived as Congress has delayed shipments due to fears the weapons will fall into the hands of al Qaeda-linked forces.