New battle in north Homs to cut regime supply route
north Homs provinceMay 5, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-5-5-15/The “Backing of the Oppressed” joint operations room announced a new campaign on its Facebook page Tuesdaycentered on the northern Homs countryside in response to the “tyrant's [Assad's] forces excessively targeting civilians.” Among other goals, the campaign aims to capture the regime stronghold of Jaburin, which would cut off regime supply routes from the coast to Homs city. Rebels had managed to take control of four regime checkpoints as of Tuesday, reported the Islamic Front, one of the participating rebel groups. Also on Tuesday, the regime struck nearby Telbieseh with barrel bombs, vacuum missiles, and heavy artillery fire, reported pro-opposition Homs Media Center. “The regime is scared of losing Jaburin,” Hussam Badrakhan, a member of the Homs Youth Gathering in the Northern Countryside, told Syria Direct Tuesday, adding that the city had been struck by 16 airstrikes since Tuesday morning.