BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say a Syrian government airstrike on a heavily contested neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday killed at least 15 people, including nine children.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the air raid hit the neighborhood, which rebels seized parts of last weekend after days of heavy fighting with regime troops.
Meanwhile in Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency says mortar rounds hit A residential district on the city's western outskirts, killing one person and wounding at least 13. According to SANA, the attacks also caused material damage to stores in the district and set several parked vehicles on fire.
Aleppo and Damascus are Syria's two largest cities and key fronts in civil war between President Bashar Assad and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime. Opposition fighters have managed to seize control of several neighborhoods in Aleppo since storming the city last summer. Meanwhile the regime has largely kept the rebels at bay so far in Damascus, although opposition fighters control several suburbs of the capital and look increasingly capable of threatening the heart of the city — and Assad's power.