Syrian planes pound rebel town near Lebanon border

Residents look at buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at Yabroud, near Damascus. (File photo: Reuters)

Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near Lebanon's border in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area, activists said Wednesday.

Heavy fighting in the town of Yabroud between troops loyal to President Bashar al Assad and rebels trying to overthrow him were reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory, which has documented the conflict since it erupted in March 2011, said warplanes have carried out 10 airstrikes so far on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The Syrian army has started "a wide-scale military operation in Yabroud," Lebanon’s Mayadeen TV reported adding that the troops were “advancing.”

Preparations were underway on the Lebanese side of the border to receive more Syrians fleeing the area, according to the Associated Press.

Yabroud has been controlled by the opposition for much of the nearly 3-year-old conflict.

(with AP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42