Battle of Rastan (2011)

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First Battle of Rastan
Part of the Syrian civil war
Date 27 September – 1 October 2011
(4 days)
Location Rastan, Homs Governorate, Syria
34°54′55″N 36°44′08″E / 34.91525°N 36.735485°E / 34.91525; 36.735485Coordinates: 34°54′55″N 36°44′08″E / 34.91525°N 36.735485°E / 34.91525; 36.735485
Result Syrian Army victory
  • Syrian Army retakes the city
Belligerents
Syria Syrian National Council Syria Syrian government
Units involved
Unknown 1st Armoured Division
Strength
1,000 Army defectors[3] 900 soldiers
250 tanks and armored vehicles
Casualties and losses
10 killed (rebel claim)[4] 13[5]–80[6] killed
32 wounded[7]
120 civilians killed[8]
3,000 opposition supporters arrested[9]

A battle for control of Rastan, a city of 60,000 residents in Homs Governorate, Syria, occurred from 27 September to 1 October 2011. In late September, there were reports of numerous Syrian Army defections in the area, following which the Free Syrian Army took control of Rastan. After a four-day battle, the city was retaken by the Syrian Army.

Background[edit]

On 28 May 2011, after major protests, the Syrian Army launched an operation in Rastan and the neighboring town of Talbiseh, which resulted in the suppression of anti-government protests and numerous deaths. The Syrian Army met some armed opposition during the operation,[10] but had gained control of the city by 4 June.

Battle[edit]

In late September, there were reports of many Syrian Army defections in Rastan, and the Free Syrian Army claimed to have destroyed 17 armoured vehicles during clashes in the city,[11] using RPGs and booby traps.[12] The assault was also, the opposition claimed, to have been supported by Syrian Air Force jets.[13]

On 1 October, the Syrian Army took control of Rastan, killing 120 civilians and opposition forces according to opposition sources[14] and arresting 3,000 suspected opposition members.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

Insurgent activity continued in the area for months after the major clashes ended. On 24 November, the military conducted an operation in Rastan, during which they killed 16 gunmen and captured a large cache of weapons.[15]

On 1 February 2012, the FSA and opposition activists reported that the FSA had gained full control of Rastan after four days of intense clashes.[16][17] Photos were posted on the internet showing FSA fighters in the streets of Rastan, standing guard.[18]

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