Syria

Fresh Onslaught in Damascus and Aleppo

Government forces renew attack on rebels with heavy weapons.

|

Fierce clashes and government shelling have been reported in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus, as the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government continues.

Government forces shelled several suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday, with security forces also carrying out raids in the capital, anti-government rights groups said.

In Aleppo, "fighting broke out between government forces and rebel fighters in the [southwestern] districts of Saif al-Dawla and Salaheddin", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

The army had advanced on Saif al-Dawla on Monday after last week retaking neighbouring Salaheddin, where small pockets of rebel fighters remain.