After a relative lull on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday, the fighting renewed in Syria. The activists and rights groups said that the Syrian government forces struck Aleppo and Daraa with full force on the second day of the festival and killed about 30 people. This is perhaps a sign that the President Bashar Assad’s regime has continued to quell all opposition even after a 21-month uprising.
A turning point in this battle has been the use of warplanes by the Assad government in August this year. The fighting finally reached Aleppo, which had been relatively calm for most of the time during the revolt. Since the beginning of the civil war, Aleppo continues to be the target of bombardment and violence. Meanwhile, several warplanes and tanks continue to assault Aleppo causing the collapse of houses and leaving a good number of people dead. Aleppo has become a battle scene, with continued fighting between the forces loyal to Assad and the rebels respectively. An activist, Mohammed Saeed, said that the fighting inside the city had reached the districts of Al-Jadidah and Maadi Telal where the rebels had made some headway, while the government forces are still trying to make headway in Aleppo.
The damage to a major water pipeline in Syria has left many parts of Aleppo stranded without drinking water. As reported by the observatory, the pipeline was damaged by the army warplanes. As of now, some parts of the city do not have electricity or water, which is only adding to the suffering of the people. The residents of Aleppo, returning after months and with the bid to resume with their normal lives, have started public demonstrations demanding an end to the violence in Aleppo. However, there is heavy fighting still ongoing along the front lines of the city.
Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising, also stands conflicted. There is intense fighting between Assad’s forces and the opposition going on in this place, as the death toll continues to rise. The southern city of Daraa saw the rebels detonate a car bomb near the house of a senior member of the ruling party killing him and his bodyguards as told by the activists.
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In an unprecedented move, Assad has cut off Internet and cell phone connectivity in the region. Confirmed by an US Internet security company, it said that all internet activities in Syria have effectively stopped at 12:26 p.m. local time on November 29, 2012. According to many reports, more than 40,000 people are thought to be dead in the Syrian civil war. UN, in its reports, says that more than 200,000 people have fled Aleppo to escape the clashes between the army and the rebels. More than 400,000 people have registered as refugees in neighbouring counties and many more thousands have not yet registered. Currently, almost 1.2 million Syrians have been displaced from their home country, with as many 2.5 million people needing aid in some form or the other.