Seven people were killed and 19 others injured on Tuesday in two separate mortar attacks by the Syrian rebels in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Four people were killed and six others wounded, including children, when two mortar shells fired by rebels slammed a residential bloc in the Bab al-Faraj area in Aleppo, the report said.
In Damascus, two mortar rounds landed in the Kabbas area, killing three people and injuring 13 others, the report said, adding that two other mortars hit the vicinity of the Faris al- Khouri Street in al-Abbasien district but caused no damages.
Meanwhile, the opposition activists reported shelling by government troops on many rebellious areas nationwide as well as clashes with the rebel Free Syrian Army in the day. –Xinhuanet: Fresh mortar attacks kill 7 in Syria’s Damascus, Aleppo
Syria Rebels to Shi’ite Villages: Surrender or Be Crushed
Long after both sides had predicted an overwhelming victory, Syria’s Aleppo Province remains heavily contested by the Syrian military and rebel fighters. It’s been hard on the combatants, but even harder on the civilians, who remain a constant target.
The Shi’ite villages of Nubi and Zahra are the latest parts of Aleppo to find a target painted on their backs, as rebelsannounced in a video today that the villagers need to unconditionally surrender to the rebels’ rule or be crushed.
Across Syria, but nowhere moreso than Aleppo Province, the rebellion is dominated by Sunni Islamist fighters. With regards to many of those fighters, the choice of surrender or death is a distinction without a difference for Shi’ites.
The sectarian nature of the fighting has obliged small towns and villages to embrace one side or the other simply to survive, and rebel claims of Hezbollah shoring up the defenses of those villages are likely either true at the moment or soon will be, while the civilians will be left scrambling out of another combat zone. – Anti-war: Syria Rebels to Shi’ite Villages: Surrender or Be Crushed