World Bulletin / News Desk
Five civilians were killed and seven others injured Thursday when Syrian regime forces shelled a residential area of the northwestern city of Aleppo, local civil defense sources said.
The sources, who insisted on anonymity due to fears of reprisal, said regime forces had shelled residential complexes in Aleppo’s opposition-held Al-Ameriyah district.
Casualties, they said, had included women and children.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition forces killed 30 members of the ISIL extremist group early Friday after the latter tried to infiltrate the town of Mare (located some 25 kilometers north of Aleppo), local sources said.
Opposition-held Mare remains under siege by both ISIL and the PYD, the extremist PKK group’s Syrian affiliate.
Warplanes deployed by a U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition, meanwhile, continue to strike ISIL positions on the town’s outskirts.
ISIL has recently taken the villages of Kaljibrin and Kafr Kalbin near the city of Azaz, cutting the road linking opposition-held Azaz to Mare.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected fury and disproportionate force.