Syrian army and opposition forces exchange fire in Aleppo, civilians pay heavy price

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Syrian rebel fighters evacuating a street in Aleppo that has been hit with a barrel bomb launched by pro-Assad forces. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Syrian armed opposition and pro-regime forces exchange shelling on the residential neighborhoods of Aleppo “on a daily basis”, local activists reported on Monday. 

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Abu Hashim al-Halabi reported that pro-regime forces shelled Monday the neighborhoods of Kallasa, Bustan al-Qaser and al-Bab highway with six missiles (Phil type), “causing dozens of civilian casualties and massive destruction in residential buildings”.   

On the other hand, the armed opposition forces responded to the regime’s army by bombing a regime-held military academy and its vicinity with dozens of local-made missiles and heavy artillery. 

The armed opposition forces also targeted the pro-regime towns of Nubbul and Zahra (where Shiites constitute a majority) in the northern countryside of Aleppo, launching dozens of Katyusha rockets hitting the ranks of pro-Assad National Defence Force. 

The towns of Nubbul and Zahra have been besieged by the armed opposition factions for more than two years. Rebels’ attempts to control both towns have repeatedly failed amid constant defense by pro-regime forces. 

The continuous violence in Aleppo province has claimed lives of thousands of civilians over the past three years. The majority of victims fell during barrel bomb attacks –a main weapon for Assad army in its war against rebels.  

 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News

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