Syrian rebels, regime forces exchange shelling in Aleppo, civilian casualties reported

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ARA News

ALEPPO – Syrian rebel fighters of the Levant Front bombed regime-held towns of Nubul and Zahra in the northern countryside of Aleppo on Thursday, causing civilian casualties. 

Local sources reported the death of at least six civilians and the injury of several others after a number of mortar shells fired by the rebels hit the towns of Nubul and Zahra, where the pro-Assad Shia population reside. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, spokesman of the Levant Front Saleh Zein said: “We try to avoid civilian casualties. Our rebels only target positions of the pro-Assad troops, but unfortunately those have taken residential neighborhoods in Nubul and Zahra towns as bases.”

The rebel spokesman confirmed the reports about a number of civilian casualties in the shelling, blaming that on the pro-Assad forces “who are using civilians as human-shields”. 

Also on Thursday, the Syrian regime’s troops responded to the rebels’s shelling on Nubul and Zahra by bombing rebel-held villages in northern Aleppo.  

“Nine civilians were killed under the heavy artillery shelling by the pro-Assad troops in the villages of Hayan and Mayar,” a local media activist told ARA News. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News

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