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Syrian daily roundup Sep 24: Rebel fighters seize more towns in Aleppo suburbs

Protesters in the Aleppo suburb of Menbej show hostility and resentment towards the ruling Assad family. Photo source: SRCC.

The rebel Free Syrian Army said it captured the Aleppo suburbs of Orum Kobra and Arada following fierce fighting with regime forces as fighter jets intensified their aerial attacks on the western suburbs of Aleppo mainly targeting the towns of Abzemo, Atareb and Marea leaving many people dead and more wounded in addition to causing mass destruction to residential buildings.
 
The number of Syrians needing food aid has increased from 250,000 in April to 1.5 million in September, the United Nations has said. The UN's World Food Program warned that it is running short of funds to cover operations in Syria because of sharply growing needs.
 
Violence intensified in the city of Aleppo as regime’s heavy artillery and fighter jets pounded the neighbourhoods of Maadi, Marjeh and Ithaa since early morning hours leaving scores of casualties mostly women and children. Heavy artillery also shelled the neighbourhoods of Kalaseh, Shaar, Sheikh Khodor, Hollak and al-Bab Road. Meanwhile, fierce clashes between rebel fighters and regime forces broke out in the neighbourhoods of Ithaa, Sakhour and Saladin.
 
Scores of civilians died as regime forces launched indiscriminate attacks on the Damascus suburbs of Hosh Arab, Shabaa, Atiba, Artouz, Erbin, Douma, Zabadani, Sayeda Zeinab and Thiyabiya, while eight more civilians were killed “execution style” in the town of Sbeneh. Regime forces also stormed the towns of Bowayda and Thiyabiya and carried out sweeps and arbitrary arrests.
 
Regime forces also carried out sweeps and arbitrary arrests in the neighbourhood of Kafarsouseh in Damascus as they bulldozed and demolished a number of residential buildings in the neighbourhoods of Zahera and Qabun. Meanwhile, fierce fighting erupted in the towns of Jaramana and Hutaytat Turcoman on the main roads to Damascus International Airport.
 
Fierce fighting broke out in the Daraa suburbs of Ibtaa, Deir Bakhet and Sheikh Maskin amid fierce and indiscriminate shelling that also targeted the suburbs of Naima, Karak Sharqi, Dael, Um Walad, Tayba, Mehajeh and Wadi Yarmouk.
 
Heavy clashes also broke out near the military security branch in the Deir Azzour suburb of Boukamal, as well as the in the vicinity of al-Tabaqa airport in the province of Raqa.
 
Regime forces also continued their massive military offensive throughout the country, killing dozens of civilians, wounding hundreds others and forcing thousands of them to flee their homes. They fiercely shelled the neighbourhoods of Jobar, Sultaniya, Naqira in the city of Homs as well as its provincial towns of Teir Ma’ala, Saan, Za’farana, Makramiya, Qosayr and Rastan. They also shelled the eastern suburbs of Hama as well as the Deir Azzour suburbs of Husainiya and Baghiliya. They heavily bombarded the northern suburbs of Raqa and the Latakia suburb of Rabea. They also shelled the Idlib suburbs of Senjar, Taftanaz and Ma’arrat Nasan.

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