Syrian warplanes 'bombard Aleppo'


Syrian warplanes bombarded targets in the city of Aleppo and surrounding regions, as a car-bomb exploded in Jaramana near the capital, Damascus.

The town of al-Bab in Aleppo province came under aerial attack and several neighbourhoods inside Aleppo city were also targeted, with reports of deaths and casualties, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement today.

The group reported five people killed and at least 27 injured by the Jaramana bomb, and said there was fighting in the mountains near Latakia.

The Local Coordination Committees, an opposition group, put today's death toll at 105, with 34 dead in al-Bab and 30 in and around Damascus.

The battle for control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, and Damascus intensified last month as United Nations monitors pulled out of the country after failing to implement a cease- fire negotiated by envoy Kofi Annan.

More than 23,000 people have died since the uprising against president Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to the Observatory.