After holiday lull, Assad resumes shelling of Aleppo

The Eid-al-fitr which began Sunday and which marks the end of Ramadan is a cause for celebration among the world's Muslims. But activists in Syria report that the country is in no mood to celebrate after 18 months of relentless violence. After a brief lull on Sunday, government forces resumed their shelling of rebel strongpoints in Aleppo and elsewhere. AP: The rights groups and activists said the latest assaults by tanks and warplanes caused two houses to collapse in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, killing at least 14 people. The buildings were in the Al-Sakhour and Qadi Askar neighborhoods, said activist Mohammed Saeed, reached by Skype inside the city. Aleppo has been the scene of daily battles for several weeks now, with forces loyal to Assad trying to wrest control from the rebels without making much headway. Saeed also said that fighting raged inside the city with rebel forces making advances in the districts of Al-Jadidah and Maadi Telal. The reports from the activists...(Read Full Post)