Syrian forces assaulted rebel areas southwest of Damascus and insurgents captured large parts of a military school in the north as the nation’s conflict entered its 22nd month on Saturday, activists said.
Syrian warplanes bombarded the town of Moadamiyat al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, while the army deployed reinforcements and attempted to storm the rebel-held nearly town of Daraya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In Daraya, rebels held out against fierce army attempts to break in on several fronts, the Britain-based observatory said.
“This is the 28th day the criminal (President Bashar al-) Assad’s forces have attempted to break into the town,” read a statement from activists in Daraya. Clashes also erupted in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in the south of the capital between rebels and troops backed by pro-regime Palestinian fighters, the observatory reported.