Syrian warplanes pounded the embattled town of Qusayr on Monday as a regime offensive backed by fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah to retake the town from rebels entered its third week.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a fierce overnight onslaught both on the strategic town near the border with Lebanon and slightly farther north in Dabaa.
Dabaa, the site of a disused military airbase that had been seized by rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, is still partly under insurgent control.
The Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a wide network of activists, medics and others on the ground for its information, said there were numerous dead on both sides, but gave no breakdown.
An estimated 94,000 people have been killed in Syria since a peaceful protest movement that began in March 2011 quickly became an armed revolt when the regime cracked down hard on dissent.
Warplanes bombarded Qusayr for the second consecutive day, the Observatory said on Monday.
The watchdog also reported air strikes on the al-Hajar al-Aswad district of southern Damascus itself, where pillars of thick dark smoke barreled into the sky.
It said clashes between soldiers and rebels were ongoing in the Abasiyeen area outside the capital’s Jubar neighborhood.
Again, the rights group was unable to give a casualty figure.
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