Clashes expand between rebels and regime forces in Damascus

19-04-2014

 

ARA News

Damascus, Syria– Clashes continued for more than 10 days between regime forces (backed by Lebanese militia of Hezbollah and Iraqi battalions) and opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)  in the vicinity of al-Mileha town in Damascus countryside. 

Ahmad Sabbagh, a local activist based in Damascus city, told ARA News that the clashes expanded to the vicinity of the regime’s Air Defence Administration building, near Jaramana district.

“Meanwhile, the pro-regime forces intensified the clashes near FSA-held checkpoints in al-Naseem and Tamiko streets, in an attempt to regain control over them,” Sabbagh said.

Local sources reported that the regime warplanes and helicopters targeted on Friday al-Mileha town and its surroundings. No reports about any casualties in the town.

The nearby town of Kafirbattnah was also targeted with guided missiles by the regime warplanes, which resulted in a number of injuries, among them children and women. The wounded were reportedly transferred to nearby field hospitals. 

Concurrently, clashes erupted between regime forces and FSA fighters in the district of Joubar in Damascus city amid artillery shelling by regime forces stationed in the regime headquarters in Qasiyon Mount, while regime warplanes fired rockets on Saqba town in the countryside of Damascus without casualties being reported. 

 

Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

 

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