Syrian forces pound insurgent frontline in Aleppo
A Syrian army helicopter fired machinegun rounds and troops shelled rebel positions in Aleppo on Saturday, as they tried to break through the insurgents’ frontline in Aleppo.world Updated: Aug 05, 2012 01:25 IST
A Syrian army helicopter fired machinegun rounds and troops shelled rebel positions in Aleppo on Saturday, as they tried to break through the insurgents’ frontline in Aleppo.
Syrian forces clashed with rebels around Aleppo’s television and radio station, as rebels had earlier sought to extend their area of control from the district northwards to the area around the station.
Syrian troops stormed the last opposition bastion in Damascus on Friday in a drive to crush a rebel offensive that coincided with a bomb attack killing four of President Bashar al-Assad’s security officials.
The onslaught continued on Saturday as jets bombarded the capital in a bid to snuff out resistance.
In Salaheddine district, the Free Syrian Army hid in alleyways, dodging the Syrian army’s bullets and tank rounds that struck a building in the district on Saturday.
Rebels kidnap 48 Iran pilgrims Armed terrorist groups kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims from a bus when they were on their to the airport, in Damascus on Saturday. Although the fate of the pilgrims is unknown, the embassy and the Syrian oficials are trying to trace the kidnappers. Tehran is the staunchest ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are locked in a bloody conflict in Damascus against rebels.
First Published: Aug 05, 2012 01:24 IST