Khan al-Asal

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Khan al-Asal
خان العسل
Village
Khan al-Asal is located in Syria
Khan al-Asal
Khan al-Asal
Coordinates: 36°10′2″N 37°2′21″E / 36.16722°N 37.03917°E / 36.16722; 37.03917
Country  Syria
Governorate Aleppo
District Mount Simeon
Nahiyah Aleppo
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Khan al-Asal (Arabic: خان العسل‎, also spelled Khan al-Assal) is a village in northern Syria. It is administratively a sub-district of Aleppo, which is a part of the Mount Simeon District in the Aleppo Governorate. The village is located 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) west-southwest of the center of Aleppo.[1]

The village is separated in a northern and a southern part by the Halap - Edleb Road to Idlib. The Aleppo - Damascus Highway is the village boundary in the south. A police academy is located 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) southwest of Khan al-Asal. A military academy is located 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) east by north of Khan al-Asal. The village Kfar Da’el is located 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) north by east of Khan al-Asal.

An Army Fueling Base with underground fuel storages, fueling station and several bunkers is located close to the western boundary of the northern part of the village.[1]

Khan al-Asal during the Syrian Civil War[edit]

During the Syrian Civil War, in the battle of Aleppos southwestern front, the village and the surrounding area have faced several incidents. Some of them violates International humanitarian law.[2]

2013[edit]

March:

  • The village was the location of a chemical weapon attack on 19 March 2013, which resulted in at least 26 fatalities and more than 86 injuries. At the time of the incident, there was ongoing shelling between the Syrian army and the opposition forces, located in areas surrounding the village.[1]

July:

  • The village was taken by rebel forces on 22 July 2013. In the aftermath of the fall of the village, the rebel forces, and specifically the Al-Nusra Front, were accused of executing 51 captured government soldiers. Video material collected online by the United Nations, indicates that they were executed by gunfire after their capture by members of the Ansar al-Khilafa Brigade.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "United Nations Mission on Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic". United Nations. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention". United Nations. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Syrian opposition fighters kill 115 policemen". TODAY'S ZAMAN. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.