Activists: Syrian jets bombard Deraa, 18 killed

February 21, 2013 16:15

AMMAN - Syrian warplanes bombed the old district of Deraa city on Thursday for the first time in the country's 23-month-old revolt, killing 18 people, activists said.

A rebel officer in the Tawheed al-Janoub brigade which led a rebel offensive this week in Deraa, cradle of the uprising which erupted against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March 2011, said there were at least five air strikes on the city on Thursday.

"The (rebel) attacks on several major checkpoints in the Hay al-Saad neighbourhood and its declaration as a liberated area has prompted this response," said Abdullah Masalmah, an activist from the city, reached on Skype.

This week's rebel offensive destroyed several army fortifications, rebel sources said.

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