Heaviest airstrikes yet by Russians and Syrians batter rebel-held areas of southern Syria

Heaviest airstrikes yet by Russians and Syrians batter rebel-held areas of southern Syria

Smoke rises above rebel-held areas of the city of Daraa, during reported airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on July 5, 2018 (AFP PHOTO/Mohamad ABAZEED)

The Syrian government and its Russian ally pounded rebel-held areas of the southern province of Daraa on Thursday with the heaviest airstrikes of a two-week-old offensive, an AFP correspondent and a monitor reported.

Hundreds of missiles and barrel bombs were unleashed before dawn by both Syrian and Russian aircraft, after talks on rebel surrenders broke down on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The intensity of the bombardment allowed government forces to seize control of a security checkpoint on the Jordanian border for the first time in more than three years, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/heaviest-airstrikes-yet-batter-rebel-held-areas-of-southern-syria/

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