Syria: intense fighting and air strikes in Damascus suburbs

Opposition chief Ahmad Jarba visits Latakia amid offensive

02 April, 12:49

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    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, APRIL 2 - Intense fighting between Syrian rebels and loyalists has erupted in the Damascus suburb of Jawbar, eyewitnesses told ANSAmed via Skype on Wednesday.

    The fighting in what had been a truce zone has been ongoing for hours, the sources said.

    The northern suburb is held by regime forces but surrounded by rebel-held neighborhoods.

    Also on Wednesday, the regime's air force carried out repeated air strikes over the southern Damascus pro-rebel suburb of Mliha, which is under siege by government troops, activists told ANSAmed via Skype.

    The numbers of wounded and casualties are still unknown.

    Opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) chief Ahmad Jarba on Tuesday took a rare trip to the coastal province of Latakia amid a two-week offensive by non-SNC affiliated rebels.

    Jarba, who is thought to be close to Saudi Arabia, was seen in an activist video along with rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Malek al-Kurdi.

    ''We hope this meeting to be taking place at a historic moment...of the beginning of the final phase of our liberation of the coast and the whole of Syria from Bashar al-Assad's regime'', al-Kurdi said.

    Jarba in February visited FSA units fighting al-Qaeda-affiliated militias in northern Syria. Fundamentalist militias from the Islamic Front, the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, and the Ahrar ash-Sham brigade on March 21 went on a coordinated offensive in a region bordering on Turkey, managing for the first time to take control of a sliver of Syria's Mediterranean coast.(ANSAmed).

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