Forces loyal to Syrian President Assad launched artillery and rocket attacks in a number of opposition-held areas over the weekend
ALEPPO, Syria - An opposition human-rights group claimed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 96 people, including women and children, in offensives on several cities across the country on Sunday.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 34 people in Aleppo, 15 Idlib, 18 in Homs, 10 in suburbs of Damascus, 8 in Daraa, 4 in Deiruz-zor, 2 each in Raqqa, Quneitra and Hama and one in Latakia, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights, which tracks civilian and dissident casualties.
Syria's official news agency SANA claimed that state security forces had neutralized many armed groups, which included foreign nationals fighting with rebel groups, during operations across the country.
Syria has seen heavy bloodshed since President Bashar al-Assad's regime responded to anti-government protests in March 2011 with a violent crackdown, fighting which has spiraled into a civil war which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the past three years.
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