Syrian warplanes bombarded targets in the city of Aleppo and surrounding regions, as a car-bomb exploded in Jaramana near the capital, Damascus.
Syrian government forces killed 235 people across the country today with 62 of those dead in Aleppo. Most were killed when al-Bab town and other neighborhoods came under aerial attack. A total of 57 were in Daraa, including 43 found in a mass grave in al-Hirak town and 36 in and around the capital, Damascus, the opposition Local Coordination Committees said in an e-mailed statement.
Al-Bab in Aleppo province came under aerial attack and several neighborhoods inside Aleppo city were also targeted, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement today. The group reported five people killed and at least 27 injured by the Jaramana bomb, and said there was fighting in the mountains near Latakia.
Syrian security forces killed 16 people execution-style in Damascus neighborhood of Qabun, al-Jazeera reported, citing activists. Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed the village of Faraya in Hama and killed 21 people, most of them with knives, the Local Coordination Committees said in a statement.
The battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, and Damascus intensified last month as United Nations monitors pulled out of the country after failing to implement a cease-fire negotiated by envoy Kofi Annan.
Syria will cooperate with Annan’s successor, Lakhdar Brahimi, Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told state television today. The success of Brahimi’s effort to find a political solution will depend on Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S., he said. All those countries have backed the opposition fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad.
More than 23,000 people have died since the uprising against Assad began in March 2011, according to the Observatory.