World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 50 people were killed by militants led by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they clashed with opposition forces near northeastern Akhtarin town in Syria's Aleppo late on Wednesday.
Fierce clashes erupted after ISIL militants seized control of the opposition-held town and nearby Turkmen villages of Barih, Aziziyah, and Khoz earlier in the day, Yaser Ahmed, media officer for the pro-opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria, told the Anadolu Agency.
Ahmed added that the dead dissidents include women and children.
Amid ongoing clashes between militants and armed opposition forces, many locals in the region have reportedly begun fleeing to Azez district near the country's border with Turkey.
"The people in fear of IS militants are escaping towards safer regions. Hundreds of families have arrived in Azez today, said Ahmed.
Beha Abu Jamal, a local activist in Aleppo, earlier told the AA that ISIL militants have tightened their grip in the north of Aleppo and around Hasakah on Wednesday, attacking the regime-held Tabkha military airport in Raqqa city with heavy weapons.
Barrel bomb attack leaves 17 dead in Aleppo
Meanwhile, Syrian regime helicopters have shelled barrel bombs on opposition-controlled Bab Neirab and Shaar areas of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Revolution General Commission.
A SRGC official said seventeen people were killed and many others injured in the bombardment that caused major material damage to the region.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011. Last month, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that more than 133,000 people had been killed in Syrian regime attacks.
At least 11 people also died in Syria's northeastern al-Hasakah city when a Syrian regime warcraft bombarded the city center on Wednesday, according to opposition activists.
Regime forces shelled on al-Hasakah's central Goran region and left 11 people dead and several others wounded, Local Coordination Committees of Syria told Anadolu Agency.
Syrian military planes had earlier bombed rural areas of al-Hasakah, but Wednesday's attack marked the first bomb offensive by a military plane on the city center.
Al-Hasakah has recently been home to clashes between Syria-based Kurdish Popular Protection Units, also known as YPG, and fighters led by the ISIL.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011. Last month, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that more than 133,000 people had been killed in Syrian regime attacks.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ağustos 2014, 09:31