Assad forces kill at least 115, activists say

Friday, April 25, 2014

Syrian regime forces killed at least 115 people on Thursday in several cities across the country, opposition activists said.

Syrian regime forces killed at least 115 people on Thursday in several cities across the country, opposition activists said.

DAMASCUS - Syrian regime forces killed at least 115 people on Thursday in several cities across the country, opposition activists said.

Assad forces killed 66 people in Aleppo, 19 in Daraa'a, 11  in the suburbs of Damascus, 6 in Idlip, 5 each in Quneitra and Homs, 2 in Deir-ez Zor, 1 in Hama, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which tracks civilian and dissident casualties.

14 children and four women were among the dead, with many people injured in artillery and rocket attacks by the regime forces, said the SNHR.

An additional report from the Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCCS), a network of local opposition groups, said that army helicopters dropped several bombs on the opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo which resulted in the destruction of several homes and the ensuing rescue of the injured from the debris. 

It was also reported in the statement that regime forces attacked Damascus’s Douma, Jobar, el-Muleyha, Qabun, Darayya,  and Eastern Guta areas with artillery and rocket fire, and intense clashes also took place between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and regime forces in Aleppo.

SANA, the Syrian official news agency, said the security forces neutralized armed groups in Aleppo, Hama, Daraa'a and Latakia during operations across the country. 

More than 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year conflict, which has also internally displaced more than 6.5 million people, according to the UN. Over two million are now registered as refugees in neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.

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