The head of an unexploded Scud missile in the village of Hour, in the suburbs of Aleppo, on February 26.
 
 
For several months now, rebel fighters in Syria have accused the Syrian regime of using deadly ballistic missiles on civilians. The Syrian information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, has denied the accusations. However, several videos appear to show that the regular Syrian army has fired ground-to-ground soviet Scud missiles.
 
For the first time, a video shows what is thought to be the debris from an unexploded Scud, in the region of Hour in the suburbs of Aleppo:
 
The head of an unexploded Scud missile in the village of Hour, in the suburbs of Aleppo, on February 26.
 
This video allegedly shows a Scud missile being launched by the regular army from Yabrud in the Damascus region. Depending on the model, these missiles have a range of between 130 and 700 kilometres.
 
Launch of two Scud missiles from Yabrud toward northern Syria.
 
Other videos show the craters and destruction that may have been caused by these missiles:
 
A crater caused by a Scud in the village of Kharita, in the Deir al Zour region, on February 23.
 
Crater thought to have been caused by a Scud missile in the Ard al-Hamra district of Aleppo on February 23.
 
Jihadists fighting the Syrian regime – including the al-Nusra Front, the Jaafar al-Tayyar brigade and Soukour al-Suna – have taken control of the military site at Kubar, 60 kilometres from the city of Deir al-Zour. In 2007, the site was hit by Israeli warplanes because it was suspected of being a hub of nuclear activity. The rebels didn’t find any trace of non-conventional weapons, but they did uncover a collection of Scud missiles.
 
Jihadists getting hold of a Scud missile at Kubar, February 22.

Jihadist rebels and rebels from the Free Syrian Army currently surround another military site, the “113” aerial defence base in the same region of Deir al-Zour. This base contains mobile launch ramps and ground-to-ground, short-range Frog missiles – also of Soviet construction – that could soon be in the rebels’ hands.

“The regime troops burn their missiles because they’re afraid they might fall into our hands”

Abou Fahd al-Fourati (not his real name) is a rebel fighter in the city of Deir al-Zour.
 
The Kubar base is used to launch Scuds on Deir al-Zour and its region.
 
At the moment, my brigade is blockading base 113, an anti-aircraft defence base, which is the regime’s last bastion in the Deir al-Zour suburbs. This base has surface-to-air Sam-2 missiles as well as short-range, ground-to-ground Frog missiles.
 
Blockade and attacks against the “113 brigade” in the Deir al-Zour region, February 27.
We ourselves use a lot of homemade rockets, which are quite effective.
 
Homemade rocket attack on “base 113”, February 26.
 
The regime troops have begun burning their missiles because they’re afraid they might fall into our hands.
 
A fire at “base 113” on the night of February 26.
 
To make the missile taken from Kubar operational, all we would need is to change a few pieces, such as the batteries. I doubt the regime has left many others like this behind for us. Whenever there’s a chance, we seize them. If we happen to get hold of other missiles, we could also take out the explosives and use them in combat, for example.
 
Jihadist rebels from the Al Muhajirin unit stealing a ground-to-air Sam2 missile.
 
Post written with FRANCE 24 journalist Wassim Nasr.