Syria jets blitz rebel Aleppo bastions

2012-09-10 10:55

Beirut - Syrian warplanes on Monday blitzed a string of opposition-held districts in Aleppo, a watchdog said, a day after rebels killed dozens including soldiers in an attack on state buildings in the northern city.

At least five people died and an unknown number were hurt when the warplanes staged waves of bombing raids from early morning on the Marjeh, Sakhur, Hanano, Tariq al-Bab and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Many buildings were destroyed and the rebels used anti-aircraft guns" against the warplanes, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground for its information.

Abdel Rahman gave a toll of at least 27 people killed in Sunday's attack by rebels on government buildings in a western district of Aleppo, near the municipal stadium.

"It appears that many soldiers were among the dead, and that there were a number of people were wounded, some of the seriously," he added.

Mother, child killed

The official Sana news agency, which blamed the attack on "terrorists", gave the same death toll and said 64 people were wounded.

Elsewhere in the conflict-torn country, five civilians were killed and dozens hurt when regime forces shelled rebel areas of the capital Damascus near Sayeda Zeinab, an important Shi'ite pilgrimage shrine, the Observatory said.

Deadly violence also flared in Daraa province, where a mother and her child were killed, as well as in the central province of Hama, the Observatory said, giving an initial toll of 15 people killed countryside so far on Monday.

It said that on Sunday 160 people were killed - 108 civilians, 22 rebels et 30 government soldiers - adding to a toll of more than 27 000 people killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March last year.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-10 12:16

    . Lets hope the opposition shoots down a few more of these assad terrorists planes !!

  • Madhi - 2012-09-10 22:04

    AA and FF are completely boring, they need a new brief on world politics and Middle East politics in particular. They are either completely idiotic or they are smart as GWBush, busy double crossing themselves in the process. They give same lines word for word, same statistics thats always way that those handedout by the FSA terrorists in media briefs, an example? well AA will always tell u about 50 years of dictatorship and the rebels round 42 to 40 because thats math if u dont want to use the right figures. of course there is the 50 000 people dead, women raped, babies thrown to the lions, patients harvested, all by one man, assad. The rebels on the other hand? oh no, they are missionaries and good will ambassadors busy preaching peace during lunch breaks, but otherwise are busy building syrian infrastructure, feeding the poor and cleaning the sick. How sick can these guyz be if they believe their rubbish?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-11 09:03

      Madhi, I doubt, even your radical buddies are interested reading your childish BS, but have fun!!

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