Syria rebels pounded, clashes in Aleppo

2012-10-22 11:39

Beirut - Syrian troops pounded rebels in northern Syria and Damascus province before dawn on Monday, while fierce fighting broke out in Aleppo and the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

On the north-eastern outskirts of Damascus, clashes erupted when troops tried to storm the rebel-controlled town of Harasta. On Sunday, at least eight civilians and eight rebels were killed in fighting and shelling there.

In Aleppo, one rebel was killed in the central Midan district at dawn on Monday, while clashes continued through the morning in the southwest rebel district of Salaheddin, Izaa in the north and the Old City in the centre.

An AFP correspondent in Aleppo said the Internet connection in Syria's second city and long-time commercial hub had been restored on Sunday afternoon after being down for a day and a half.

"There was a problem with the main cable between Saraqeb and Maaret al-Numan that carries the Internet from Damascus to Aleppo, but it is fixed now," a technician for state-run ADSL services told AFP.

Maaret al-Numan, a strategic town in the northwest province of Idlib on the Aleppo-Damascus highway, has been the scene of intense fighting since it fell to rebels on 9 October, severing a key army supply route.

On Sunday, the Observatory reported 173 people - 65 civilians, 46 rebels and 62 government troops - killed nationwide. A 12-year-old boy died of his wounds from a cluster bomb in the town of Saraqeb the day before.

Rebels had earlier shown AFP debris from cluster bombs they accused the air force of dropping on residential areas, as well as dozens of others that failed to explode.

Human Rights Watch has accused Syria of using cluster bombs, a charge denied by the military, which insists it does not possess them.

More than 34 000 people have been killed since the revolt against the regime of President Bashar Assad broke out in March 2011, according to the watchdog.

Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has appealed to both sides of the conflict to observe a truce during the four-day Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on Friday.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-22 14:29

    The Assad dynasty is the last surviving absolute hereditary monarchy in the world. Why any democrat would want to support it I do not know.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-22 14:50

      What about the, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Morgans etc. Far more powerful! 'Give me control of a nations money and I care not who makes its laws' - Mayer Amschel Rothschild. As for the last hereditary dictatorship. Try the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain . Ahh and what about the United Kingdom? This disease is far from gone..

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 20:33

      Some of us support it because of the principle of sovereignty. It should not be that foreign/regional powers are able to effect regime change in countries that refuse to be their supplicants or lackeys! This has happened throughout history in South America, South East Asia and Africa with US sponsored contras causing a lot of strife for their populations, the only winners being western corporations and the military elites in those countries, mostly trained in the torture School of Americas.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-23 08:05

      I stand corrected on the kingdoms of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. I would agree that the current threat to world peace is financial rather than political power. I support the principle of national sovereignty, including that of Israel. They are a nation who think they are. So we want to know: who do the Syrians think they are - and that includes the Kurds.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-22 15:01

    . TOTALLY AMAZING, this mighty monsrous assad terrorists army,supported by Rusian dogs, called 'advisers and experts' cannot defeat the oppostion, many with 'homemade' waepons!!!!! Is it maybe that 90 percent of the population 'IS' the opposition !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 21:33

      Statistics being pulled from the @$$ as usual!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-23 00:39

      . NO, WRONG AGAIN, Unfortunatelly, it is a statistic that you don't have the brain capacity to understand. . But let me try to explain, and I will go slowly!! EVERY dictator claims to have massive support. Sure, there is support, but that is ,artificial' support, more like a 'dependency' support. Like soldiers, in assad's terrorist army, will be paid monthly, and without fail, on the agreed date!! They NEED that pay, to support their families. It is also not a coincidence that a dictator has a bloated beaurocracy, and massive state enterprises. It creates a massive dependency on the status quo, which the dictator conveniently translates into 'popular support' And it are the ones, with not much between their ears , who fall for this CRAP. And CRAP , it is, cause as soon as these 'dependents' realize that they would still get their pay, even with a regime change, they no longer want this tyrant. Egypt is a most clear example, but so is Libya !! HOURS after their dictators were removed, ALL this massive support evaporated into hot air!! And the same will happen in Syria!!!! FOR SURE !!!!

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