Syria regime says it takes last rebel bastion near Qusayr

BEIRUT (AFP) - Regime forces have retaken the village of Eastern Bweida from insurgents, Syrian state television said on Saturday, four days after the nearby rebel bastion of Qusayr fell to the army and Hezbollah.

"Our heroic troops have restored safety and security in Eastern Bweida," the channel said.

The village was the last insurgent-held area in the Qusayr area, and hundreds of people who fled Qusayr as it fell on Wednesday had taken refuge there.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was concerned for the fate of hundreds of fighters and civilians, among them wounded people.

"Where are the hundreds of civilians and wounded people who fled Qusayr and took refuge in Eastern Bweida? We have no news," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He said it was currently impossible to reach any of Observatory contacts in the area.

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