Locals negotiate smoke, rubble-filled streets in Deir al-Zor and Idlib province following purported aerial bombardment by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as rebels continue to shell what are said to be government targets. Gavino Garay reports.
REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE The streets of Deir al Zor lie in a cloud of dust and rubble. (NAT) This shows what air power, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's main weapon in the war against rebel fighters, can do. Locals in Idlib province make their way through smoke-filled streets after government forces dropped a barrel bomb, according to amateur video posted to the Internet. It's just one of several locations targeted by Assad's forces. But Rebels in the Idlib countryside are firing back --- taking aim at a barrier used by regime forces. (NATSOT EXPLOSION) The civil war that has now entered it's fourth year shows no sign of letting up. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have launched an offensive to recapture rebel stronghold Jobar. They conducted at least 27 air strikes on the damascus suburb on Tuesday, killing a child, rights groups say.