Raging battles persist across Syria, UN observers keep leaving

August 23, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) — The battles in Syria rocked on in a number of battered areas on Wednesday, gaining momentum notably in the capital Damascus at the time the UN observers are leaving Syria one group after another after their mission ended up Sunday with an abject failure.

Sources said the armed opposition fighters have tried to boldly attack the military airport in al-Mazzeh district earlier in the day, prompting the government troops to fend off the attack by hammering the armed rebels’ strongholds with artilleries.

Sounds of shelling and gunfire have been heard echoing in a number of areas all day and overnight Wednesday, as witnesses said that the clashes have been raging on at a cluster of adjacent areas in Damascus mainly, Kafar-Suseh orchards, Darayya, Mu’ adamiyat al-Sham, al-Razi orchards and the Aisha river slum.

The state news agency SANA said that the authorities seized a big quantity of weapons and ammunition while storming a hideout for an “armed terrorist group” at Mu’adamiyat al-Sham. It said the Syrian forces also clashed with an armed group at the Darayya orchards area, adding that the clash left all the group’s members dead.

Urban fights have also cast its lumpish shadow on other areas near Damascus, such as the Harasta suburb, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, fighting continued unabatedly in a number of areas in the northern Aleppo province amid reports that the Syrian troops are making progress in its feverish operation to root out armed insurgency from the northern area.

SANA said that the Syrian troops are “severely hitting the mercenary terrorists” in a number of neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, adding that scores of “terrorists” were killed Wednesday across Aleppo.

Meanwhile in the day, the oppositional Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman was killed by the government forces bombardment on the Hanano neighborhood of Aleppo, adding that the neighborhoods of al-Midan, al-Sha’ar, and most of the neighborhoods at the east wing of Aleppo were bombarded Wednesday.

It said the clashes inched towards the Mengh military airport in the city.

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