More fighting near Lebanese border, Syrian regime launches new airstrikes

Published November 17th, 2013 - 10:42 GMT
Regime airstrikes have reduced many Syrian towns to rubble (AP)
Regime airstrikes have reduced many Syrian towns to rubble (AP)

Syrian regime air forces targeted the town of Qara near the Lebanese border Sunday, according to Agence France-Presse.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, "Since the morning, the town of Qara has been hit by air strikes. Warplanes bombarded the town heavily yesterday. Regime troops are trying to storm it and to drive the rebels out."

Regime-aligned Al-Watan also reported that "the army hit the Qalamoun mountains hard, closing in on the terrorists around Qara." The government has made it policy to refer to any opposition group as "terrorists."

Sunday's violence follows previous clashes and shelling in recent weeks and many opposition fighters are based in and around the town and have been "determined to resist despite the pressure" according to the Observatory.

The rebels have often used the town as a strategic base for its operations around the capital.

Qara has been a strategic location for both sides because it is en route between Damascus and the central province of Homs and is home to weapons depots. More than 1,200 families fled the area Saturday en route to the Lebanese border town of Arsal. Over 800,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon thus far since the start of the conflict.

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