Syrian warplanes hit town seized by militants

BEIRUT - The Syrian army has carried out a series of airstrikes against a town in eastern Syria that was captured by fighters from an al-Qaeda breakaway group a day earlier, killing 16 people, activists said Saturday.


The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the warplanes pounded parts of Muhassan with six airstrikes, adding that the casualties included three civilians.


Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stormed Muhassan along the Euphrates River on Friday, raising their black flags around the town after rebels from the Western-backed Supreme Military Council defected to the jihadi group, activists said. (AP)