Monday 22 January 2018

Syrian army attacks on rebels leave eight dead

Anti-government demonstrators in Kafr Susa, near Damascus, Syria. The partial translation of the Arabic reads,
Anti-government demonstrators in Kafr Susa, near Damascus, Syria. The partial translation of the Arabic reads, "thank you Anan, so look where we will kill." Photo: AP

Mariam Karouny in Beirut

THE Syrian army pressed ahead with its offensive against rebels last night, bombarding the city of Douma near Damascus.

And Turkey revealed it had scrambled warplanes after Syrian helicopters flew near its border.

Turkey's armed forces command said the fighters took off when Syrian transport helicopters were spotted flying near the frontier, without entering Turkish air space. It was the third day in a row that Turkey had scrambled its F-16s.

The army yesterday shelled places near Douma to which the embattled city's residents had fled at the weekend, Omar Hamzeh, another activist, said, adding that at least six people had been killed.

Refugee activists along the Turkish-Syrian border said two people had also been killed when the army carried out artillery raids on the town of Saqlin, around 6km from Turkey.

A police officer who defected from the northern city of Aleppo and crossed into Turkey yesterday said the army had been firing artillery rounds from areas around the city to rebellious areas to the north and east.

Irish Independent

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