Bolstered by victory in Qusair, Assad forces turn sights on Homs, Aleppo

A makeshift hospital rebels set up in Qusair. Photo: Reuters

With fresh momentum from the capture of a strategic town in western Syria, President Bashar al-Assad's forces have turned their sights to driving rebel fighters from the country's densely populated heartland, including the cities of Homs and Aleppo.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 3:00am

Fierce fighting rages at Syria’s Aleppo prison

A public bus is used as a barricade along the front line in the Sheikh Maqsud neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: AFP

Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes on Wednesday fought to repel an attack on the central prison in Aleppo after rebels blew up its walls in suicide car bombings, a watchdog said.

15 May 2013 - 11:58pm

Minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque destroyed

The damaged famed 12th century Umayyad mosque without the minaret in Aleppo. Photo: AP

The minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque was destroyed on Wednesday, Syrian state media and a watchdog reported, with the regime and the opposition blaming each other.

25 Apr 2013 - 1:06am

No news on kidnapped Syria bishops

Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church, left, and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, right, who were kidnapped Monday, in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: AP

Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archdiocese said on Wednesday it had no news on two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria, a day after a Christian association said the two men had been released.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:38pm

Masses flee as Syrian war claims 140 lives on Sunday, rights group says

Bodies pulled from the river in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr suburb. Photo: AP

Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces has sparked an exodus of residents from the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo, a watchdog group says. Violence also engulfed areas in and around Damascus on Sunday, where children were among eight civilians killed in shelling of Kafar Batna village, while a missile slammed into a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, causing more casualties.

2 Apr 2013 - 2:56am

Syria army using missiles to advance on Aleppo

People search for survivors among the rubble after a Syrian army rocket attack on the rebel-held Jabal Badro district in the city of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters.

The Syrian army’s use of surface-to-surface missiles on Aleppo is part of a bid to advance on the northern city, swathes of which have fallen into rebel hands since mid-last year, a watchdog said Saturday.

23 Feb 2013 - 8:28pm

Syria rebels on offensive as UN rights chief calls for action

A member of the Free Syrian Army stands with his weapon as he looks at a rainbow in Aleppo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Regime troops on Saturday fended off fierce rebel onslaughts around Aleppo international airport and the adjacent Nayrab military airbase, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

17 Feb 2013 - 2:23pm

Sixty-five people executed in Syria’s Aleppo

Residents attempt to identify bodies found along a river at a school used as a field hospital in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a “new massacre” in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

30 Jan 2013 - 9:02am

Fierce fighting in Syria's north as estimated death toll tops 60,000

Men carry the body of a person, whom activists said was killed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ansari area in Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

Furious combat raged around the main airport and a military airbase in northern Syria yesterday, a day after the United Nations gave a staggering toll of 60,000 dead in the 21-month civil war.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:23am

Aleppo's Souk Madina now a battleground following fire

After a fire in the medieval souk of Aleppo's Old City last month, shops have remained closed. Photo: AFP

The familiar passageways have turned hostile, the comforting labyrinth now a maze of menace.

But Abu Taher threaded his way through the alleys of Aleppo's ancient Souk Madina on Tuesday, past piles of debris and charred storefronts, determined to see whether his textile shop had survived the recent conflagration. He came alone, risking his fate to the hidden gunmen seeking targets.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

Syrian rebels say they shot down fighter jet during Aleppo battle

The tail said to be that of the shot-down MiG jet. Photo: AFP

Syrian rebels have shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group and an army defector said.

"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am

48 feared dead as car bombs explode in Aleppo, Syria

Syrian police and residents inspect the damage at a site in Aleppo where car bomb explosions reportedly killed at least 48 people. Photo: EPA

Three car bombs tore into the heart of Syria's second city Aleppo, killing almost 50 people, as the regime launched an offensive against rebels near Damascus, a watchdog said.

Rebel fighters killed at least 15 soldiers yesterday when they attacked military posts in the northwest of the country, triggering fierce clashes, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

4 Oct 2012 - 5:08am

Dozens killed as triple car bombs hit Syria's Aleppo

Syrian security officers run from buildings where triple bombs exploded in an Aleppo square on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Three car bombs tore into the heart of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 90, mostly soldiers, a watchdog said, as television broadcast scenes of devastation in Syria’s commercial capital.

3 Oct 2012 - 6:39pm

Fierce clashes as army shells Syria’s Aleppo

A fire tears through a historic souk in Aleppo. Photo: AP

Fierce fighting broke out in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday as rebels attacked an army checkpoint near the capital, killing nine soldiers, monitors said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Fighting rages on in Syria’s Aleppo

Syrian army soldiers patrolling in the street in Al-Arqoub area in Aleppo. Fighting raged in Aleppo on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Fighting raged in a strategic district of Syria’s commercial capital Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of an all-out rebel offensive to seize the city, monitors said.

The focal point of combat was Salaheddin, a rebel stronghold on the southwest side of the city where insurgents attacked an army position, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

29 Sep 2012 - 4:51pm