Syria army, rebels clash near Aleppo bases
22 September, 2012
DAMASCUS: Syrian troops backed by helicopter gunships clashed with rebels near a barracks in Aleppo on Friday as battles broke out around a military airport elsewhere in the northern province, monitors said.
In Damascus, state news agency SANA said the army unearthed the bodies of 25 people shot execution-style in the Qadam district and blamed "armed terrorist groups", the regime's term for rebels.
In other developments, a masked gunman on a motorbike killed prominent Kurdish activist Mahmoud Wali on Thursday in northeastern Syria, fellow activists said. And a tolerated opposition group said two members – Abdel Aziz Khayer and Iyas Ayash – had gone missing along with the man who had collected them from Damascus airport after they returned from a trip to China to discuss an end to the violence.
The National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change groups Arab nationalists, Kurds and socialists. In the Arkoub district of Aleppo, fighting erupted overnight near the Hanano army barracks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Several districts of the northern metropolis, including Sakhur in the northeast and Bustan al-Qasr in the centre, came under overnight attack, the Britain-based monitoring group said.