News / Middle East

Syrian Forces Pound Damascus Suburbs

A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daraya, near Damascus, December 1, 2012.
A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daraya, near Damascus, December 1, 2012.
VOA News
Syrian security forces attacked rebel-held suburbs of Damascus with fighter jets and rockets Sunday, killing at least ten people and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighter jets carried out two airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Daraya, while heavy rocket attacks pounded the nearby town of Deir al-Asafir, east of the capital, where most of the casualties took place.

Rebels are trying to push into the city center from their strongholds on the outskirts and fighting has been fierce. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been trying to establish a secure perimeter around Damascus at all costs, turning the province into one of the main battlegrounds in the country's 20-month conflict.

The Observatory said the Syrian air force also launched airstrikes on the northern city of Aleppo as well as targets across northern Idlib province and the Mediterranean city of Latakia.

Also Sunday, a car bomb exploded near a mosque in a government-held district of the central city of Homs. Syria's state-run news agency said the attack killed 15 people and wounded 24. The Observatory reported that seven people died, but added that many of the wounded were in critical condition.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Homs, Syria's third largest city, was one of the key centers of the armed uprising against President Assad.

Clashes around Damascus International Airport went into a fourth day Sunday. It has effectively been closed since Thursday when the army tried to push back rebels who say the entire airport road had become a battleground.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Crime Must Be Destroyed ! from: Australia
December 03, 2012 6:33 AM
Dear The USA and Free World!
We don’t need Russia and China any longer.
Why?
Besause, up to now, we have understood exactly that “WHO THEY ARE”.
Forever, the destiny of all innocent Syrians can’t depend on “the mercy” of Russia and China.
Putin as well as Chinese communists, really look down The Value of Mankind in the world. They always only focus on their too poor personal benefits.
The whole world will protest against them.
It’s they, must bear the full responsibility for the death of more than 36.000 Syrians during 20 recent months.
Please help the mild and innocent Syrians to break up Assad’s Military Force well, as soon as possible!
Please prove to all the dictatorial regimes the world over that, VIOLENCE IS NOT ALL!
Please free all the wretched people all over the world from the wicked governments!


by: Anonymous
December 02, 2012 8:25 PM
I believe the forces loyal to Assad should be referrred to as "Assads Forces" rather than "Syrian Forces". The Assad Forces do not care about the people of Syria. Many of which are from Iran now apparently. A lot of Syrian Forces left Assad because they were instructed to destroy the country and the lives of fellow Syrians.

This is a war Assad vs Syria (the people).

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid