Opposition and regime forces exchange fire in Aleppo, civilian casualties reported

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ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Syrian armed opposition targeted several areas held by the pro-regime forces in Aleppo with local-made shells and Grad rockets, causing the death and injury of dozens among civilians, local sources reported on Saturday.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Ali Jaafar confirmed the fall of several mortar shells at the regime-held al-Qasr al-Baladi building, Muhallab barracks as well as Sulaimaniya and al-Midan districts, killing three civilians and wounding 15 others, some of them are in critical conditions.

Factions of the armed opposition denied attacking civilians in the regime-held areas, saying in press statements that their operations only target pro-Assad military headquarters in Aleppo. 

The source pointed out that this coincided with Assad forces bombarding neighborhoods under the control of the armed opposition with missiles (type Phil) and barrel bombs.

“In the opposition-held neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qaser, al-Qaterji, ash-Shaar and Ain at-Tal residential buildings were bombed by pro-Assad forces,” Jaafar told ARA News. “This led to a widespread destruction of property and the fall of the number of wounded among residents.”

The battle for Aleppo claimed lives of thousands of civilians in the past four years, according to civil rights activists, who accused pro-Assad air force of continuously using barrel bombs during the attacks. 

 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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