France's Hollande urges Syrian rebels to retake zones in hands of extremist Islamists
DOHA (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande urged rebels in Syria on Sunday to "retake" zones that have fallen into the hands of extremist Islamist groups.
"The opposition must retake control of these areas and push these groups out," Mr Hollande told reporters in Doha.
If extremist groups "benefit from the chaos in future, (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad will seize this as an excuse to continue his massacres", he added.
His remarks came after world powers supporting Syria's rebels decided on Saturday to provide them with urgent military aid so they can counter regime attacks and "protect the Syrian people".