Dozens killed in latest Syria fighting: Activists
Beirut: Dozens of rebels and government forces have been killed in fighting near a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo, anti-regime activists said today.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in the last two days of clashes included at least 26 rebel fighters, 40 soldiers and five pro-government militiamen.
The police academy, which activists say the government has turned into a military base, has recently emerged as a new front in the battle for Aleppo, Syria`s largest city.
Since storming into the city in July, 2012, rebels have slowly expanded their control there while taking over army installations in the northern countryside.
Losing the police academy would make it more difficult for the regime to shell opposition areas and support its troops inside the city.
The Observatory reported fresh fighting near the academy on today, with the two sides shelling each other and the government launching airstrikes on rebel positions.
The fighting has largely destroyed Aleppo, long considered one of Syria`s most beautiful cities, and caused humanitarian conditions for the city`s remaining civilians to plummet.
Today, Human Rights Watch said more than 140 people had been killed in at least 4 missile strikes by the Syrian government in and near the city of Aleppo last week. About half of the dead were children, it said.
The New York-based group said the strikes hit residential areas and called them an "escalation of unlawful attacks against Syria`s civilian population."
A Human Rights Watch researcher who visited the sites said up to 20 buildings were destroyed in each area hit by a missile.
There were no signs of any military targets in the residential districts, located in rebel-held parts of Aleppo and its northern countryside, said Ole Solvang, the researcher.
Human rights watch said 71 children were among the 141 people killed in the four strikes. Three hit neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo city. One hit in the village of Tel Rifat, north of Aleppo.
Syria has never acknowledged the strikes, and portrays the conflict as a foreign conspiracy carried out by "terrorists" to weaken the country.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Five unmanned parachute-like objects spotted over Mumbai airport
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- Delhi's 2015 CBSE Class 12 topper M Gayatri talks to Zee Media
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- One year of Modi govt: PM addresses mega rally in Mathura
- No respite from heat for next three days: IMD
- Growing medical negligence in Delhi's AIIMS
- Police registers case after parachute-like objects were spotted over Mumbai airport
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- Mathura rally: PM Modi slams 'corrupt' UPA regime, lauds NDA govt's efforts in past one year
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- Public rally on 100 days of AAP govt: As it happened
- Kejriwal lists AAP govt's achievements of 100 days, slams Centre's 'dictatorial attitude'