Syrian Warplanes Bomb the Captial

Dated November 1, 2012

Yes, I know it’s only Oct, but it was printed over there and I printed it in it’s entirety.

A SYRIAN fighter jet has hit targets inside Damascus for the first time, a watchdog says, as air strikes pounded rebel bastions around the country and an air force general was shot dead.

Syrian Air force roundel
Syrian Air force roundel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fighter dropped four bombs on the eastern Damascus neighborhood of Jobar, near the opposition-held suburb of Zamalka, where rebel fighters were in fierce clashes with regime troops, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Only helicopter gunships had previously been used to strafe areas inside the capital, said the observatory’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman.

The strike came as state television reported that a Syrian air force general had been assassinated in Damascus.

”As part of their campaign to target national personalities and scientists, armed terrorist groups assassinated Air Force General Abdullah Mahmud al-Khalidi in the Damascus district of Rukn al-Din,” state television said. It gave no further details.

The general was a member of the Syrian Air Force command and was shot dead on Monday evening as he left a friend’s home, a security source in Damascus said on condition of anonymity.

The regime has intensified air strikes against rebel-held areas in recent days, with more than 60 raids on Monday, the most in a single day so far, the observatory said.

The north-western town of Maaret al-Numan, a key supply route between Damascus and Aleppo in the north seized by rebels this month, was also hit, with seven civilians killed including four children, it said.

Tuesday also saw clashes between rebels and troops backed by Palestinian fighters at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, home to 148,500 people, near Damascus.

Anwar Raja, spokesman for the pro-regime Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said its forces clashed for about an hour with rebels trying to infiltrate the camp but there were no casualties. More than 510,000 Palestinian refugees are living in Syria.



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