Last updated: 5 June, 2013

Syria revolt to carry on despite Qusayr fall, says opposition

The armed uprising against the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will carry on despite the fall Wednesday of the strategic town of Qusayr, the war-torn country’s main opposition group said.

“The blessed revolution will continue. Victory is on the side of the righteous, who resisted in the face of oppression and injustice,” the National Coalition said in a statement.

The Coalition called on “the United Nations and the great powers to fulfil their responsibility and intervene urgently to protect the civilians”.

It also said the world must also “put a stop to the Assad regime’s vengeful practices”.

In rebel control for a year, Qusayr fell to Assad’s forces on Wednesday after a 17-day assault led by fighters of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement close to the Syrian regime.