US condemns Qusair assault

The White House has condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the Syrian Army's victory in the town of Qusair and has called on Hezbollah and Iran to immediately withdraw fighters from the country.

White House condemns Assad's assault on Qusair

The White House has condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the Syrian Army's victory in the town of Qusair and has called on Hezbollah and Iran to immediately withdraw fighters from the country.

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime’s assault on Qusair, which has killed untold numbers of civilians and is causing tremendous humanitarian suffering. The Syrian Arab Republic Government and other parties to this conflict have an obligation under international human rights and humanitarian law to immediately allow neutral, impartial humanitarian organisations, including UN agencies, safe access to evacuate the wounded and provide life-saving medical supplies and treatment.

– White House Press Secretary

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Rebels confirm loss of Syrian town in face of superior firepower

Syrian rebels confirmed to Reuters that they had pulled out of the strategically-important town of Qusair "in face of this huge arsenal and lack supplies".

They also blamed the "blatant intervention" of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for their defeat.

The statement added: "Dozens of fighters stayed behind and ensured the withdrawal of their comrades along with the civilians."

Syrian troops celebrate victory in streets of Qusair

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been celebrating victory in the streets of the strategic town of Qusair in the west of the country.

Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed TV station Al Manar has been showing footage of soldiers sticking Syrian flags with photographs of Assad on piles of rubble in the badly-bombed town.

A soldier plants a Syrian flag atop a clock tower in the western town of Qusair
A soldier plants a Syrian flag atop a clock tower in the western town of Qusair Credit: Reuters

The town, which lies close to the border with Lebanon and a critical supply route, has seen intense fighting for more than two weeks.

Syrian state TV carried a statement from the military saying: "Our heroic armed forces have returned security and stability to all of the town of Qusair."

Parts of the town of Qusair have been reduced to rubble after days of intense fighting
Parts of the town of Qusair have been reduced to rubble after days of intense fighting Credit: Reuters