Battle of Khirbet Al-Joz
The Battle of Khirbet Al-Joz was fought between forces of the Syrian Army and the FSA for control of the town. On 6 October 2012, the FSA launched an attack on the government occupied village of Kherbet Eljoz, near the Turkish border. The FSA took control of the village after a 12-hour-long battle with government forces.
|Battle of Khirbet Al-Joz|
|Part of Idlib Governorate clashes (June 2012–April 2013) (Syrian Civil War)|
|Commanders and leaders|
(Kaws al-Nasser Brigade commander)
Abdelwahed Wahud(Army defector)
|45th Army Regiment||unknown|
|110 soldiers||250 fighters|
|Casualties and losses|
|40 killed||9 killed|
|Total: 50 killed|
In June 2011, the Syrian military attacked the town, with 40 tanks in a crackdown against pro-democracy protesters.
On 6 October, rebels launched an offensive on the border village Khirbet al-Joz in the Idlib Governorate. The FSA was said to first attacked a government border outpost just west of the village. Which left 3 rebels and 15 government soldiers dead. Fighting later intensified in Khirbet al-Joz itself, as rebels attempted to retake the village. Activists claimed that the rebels had captured a 3-story high water tower in the center of Khirbet al-Joz, after 12 hours of fighting with government forces.
On 7 October, the FSA released a statement indicating that they have taken full control of Khirbet al-Joz and its surroundings. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the capture and put the number of dead at 40 soldiers, including 5 officers and 9 rebels.
In late October, the Syrian army conducted a series of airstrikes on rebel positions near Khirbet al-Joz.
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