Syrian Warplanes Pummel Cities as Opposition Reports 178 More Killed
Warplanes crossed the skies over key battleground areas in another bloody day in Syria. Here are the latest developments in the 18-month crisis:
On the ground: Fire from the air
The Syrian military bombarded Aleppo and Damascus provinces Saturday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees (LCC) of Syria said.
Across the country, at least 178 people were killed Saturday — 89 of them in Aleppo alone — said the LCC, a network of opposition activists. Fifteen were “summarily executed” in Douma and nine were executed in Hirak in Daraa province, according to the group.
Amateur videos showed people running towards the scene of explosions in Aleppo and pulling out bodies from the rubble.
The LCC said government forces were taking aim at water supply lines but state media denied that accusation.
State-run media said Syrian armed forces had killed “a big number of terrorist mercenaries” in the Deir al-Asafir area near Damascus and arrested many of their leaders. From the beginning, President Bashar al-Assad has refused to acknowledge the popular uprising and blamed the bloodshed as the work of armed thugs.