The Free Syrian Army carried out an operation yesterday in the neighbourhood of Bab Drib in Homs to retake a dispensary being used by the regular army as a military barrack. Assad’s forces had set up a checkpoint there in June. Shells would be fired from there regularly into the nearby Karm Al Zeitoun neighbourhood, where there have been several victims over the last few days. The Bab Drib dispensary attack was an act of retaliation against the regular army.
“The reason the regular army has been able to hold out against the Free Syrian Army is they use snipers”
I saw four Free Army vehicles, carrying about four or five soldiers each, driving in the direction of the dispensary. They were armed with rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and Russian rifles. They had been planning the attack for the past two days. Some soldiers patrolled the checkpoint while others who support our cause from within the regular army also helped out.
The Free Army has the advantage in street battles because they have the support of the local population. They can dash in and out of streets, and easily hide. In contrast, soldiers from the regular army move around in tanks and armoured vehicles. The reason they’ve been able to hold out against the Free Army is they use snipers.”