June 7, 2013
Syrian rebel fighters and wounded civilians were forced to flee al-Qusayr Wednesday, as Syrian troops, supported by Hezbollah militia, advanced on the strategic city close to the Lebanese border.
“Yes, al-Qusayr fell to regime control,” said 25-year-old Muhammad Awad of the Free Syrian Army’s al-Farouk Battalion in Qusayr. “Let the world, the regime and all the people against us be happy. We retreated because we could not take them on anymore.”
The Free Syrian army, which had held on to the city for months through increasingly fierce bombardment and attacks by the regime, killing hundreds, conceded that they had to make a retreat from the town that lies on a key supply route.