Video: Rebels execute Assad loyalists
Disturbing clips released by rebels show blindfolded members of 'Shabiha' militia being shot to death

Syrian rebels operating in Quneitra uploaded to the Internet a number of videos over the past few days which document the execution of fighters who are loyal to President Bashar Assad's regime. The killings were carried out in retaliation for last week's chemical attack on rebel strongholds near Damascus.


One of the clips shows a blindfolded member of the pro-Assad 'Shabiha' militia being shot to death. Another video shows two Assad loyalists being shot to death.


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The rebels who uploaded the disturbing videos took part in the capture of the Quneitra Crossing in June. The Syrian army later regained control of the border crossing.



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The fighting in areas close to the border with Israel in the Golan Heights has subsided in recent days. The rebels control about 80% of the Quneitra region, but the Syrian army still controls strategic points in the area, including the Quneitra Crossing and the town of Khan Arnabah. Rebels affiliated with Global Jihad are continuing to establish their control in the southern Golan Heights.


Meanwhile, Britain's joint intelligence committee (JIC) concluded it is "highly likely" that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attacks in Syria last week that have prompted moves towards launching military strikes.


In its assessment of the chemical weapons attack the JIC said the regime had launched at least 14 chemical weapons attacks in the past.


A US defense official said Thursday that the Navy has deployed a fifth destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean, as expectations grow of an imminent strike on Syria.


The USS Stout, a guided missile destroyer, is "in the Mediterranean, heading and moving east" to relieve the USS Mahan, said the official, who said both ships might remain in place for the time being.


Yoav Zitun contributed to the report



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