In the north-west of Syria, Al Quada militiamen from Antakya and other extremist groups, have conquered a hospital and transformed it into a barrack where 200 state soldiers had been under siege. According to reports from the National Observatory for human rights (Ondus) many of the soldiers present on the site, may have been killed, others have been taken prisoner while there is no news of those who have fled.
The former hospital is located in the town of Jisr Shughur in the province of Idlib, which had been besieged by the Islamic extremists last month. In a photograph distributed by Al Nusra, it is possible to see a group of soldiers who are trying to escape from the building, the same images can be seen in a footage where the soldiers themselves are escaping into the countryside while the area is being bombed by militants.
Following the conquest of the ancient city of Palmyra, half of Syria is presently under the control of Islamic extremists and in consideration of the last victory in the city Ramadin in Iraq, it seems that the Islamic State is gaining ground. In fact, jut last Tuesday, Barack Obama responded to criticism made by a journalist from the magazine ‘The Atlantic’: “I don’t think we’re losing with the Isis.” The US President had also revealed concern about the possibility of helping the Iraqis: “if they are not able to achieve that agreement needed to govern and in the fight for their own country’s security , we cannot do it for them”.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati