Syria’s army shelled rebel-held areas of commercial capital Aleppo on Monday as violence killed 91 people across the country, including 57 civilians, 24 troops and 10 rebels, a watchdog said.
At least 17 civilians were killed in the city of Aleppo, while four were killed elsewhere in the same province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Clashes broke out in the southwestern district of Salaheddin, where a rebel commander and another fighter were killed on Monday after three tanks moved in the night before, said the Britain-based group.
“Rebels and regime forces also clashed fiercely in the Shaar, Hanano and Sakhur districts,” it said, adding that six civilians were killed in Sakhur alone.
Shaar and Sakhur later came under regime shelling, as did the
neighbourhoods of Saif al-Dawla and Bab al-Hadid.
The army bombarded the Palace of Justice, as well as the districts of Marjeh and Shaar, killing five people. In Bab al-Nayrab, troops shot dead a civilian while he was helping wounded people, it added.
In Damascus, clashes broke out in the Sheikh Ibrahim area of Rokn Eddin district, where four civilians were killed.
“Regime forces gave residents an ultimatum to leave the neighbourhood, which sparked fears that the area would be shelled,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
State television said that “security services seized a den of terrorist mercenaries in the neighbourhood,” capturing a variety of weapons.
The security forces “clashed with the terrorists, killing a number of them and arresting others, while the rest threw down their arms and surrendered,” the television said.
The army had said on Saturday that it had “cleansed all the districts of Damascus,” after retaking the last rebel-held neighbourhood Tadamun in heavy fighting.