Corroborating reports from Al Jazeera
and BBC News
state that Syrian military aircraft and artillery has pounded the city. Activists on the ground there were quoted by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying that the Syrian regime "started shelling hysterically". "An average of five rockets a minute," was reported by one activist to have been falling on the Khaldiya neighbourhood in the city.
Clashes also transpired in Syria's second city of Aleppo (also the country's largest) as well as in Hama and Idlib. Syrian State Television has reportedly described the military's assault on the rebel occupied Sakhour neighbour in Aleppo as an operation aimed at "cleansing [Sakhour] of terrorists and mercenaries."
In other developments on the ground in the war ravaged state, opposition fighters have announced their capture of an air base with missiles outside of the Syrian capital. Footage of the rebels in the installation showing the captured missiles has yet to be independently verified. But it follows recent developments that are seeing to the rebels target air bases in accordance with the regime stepping up air strikes.
Protests against the government have also took place Friday, most saliently in the country's capital and in Aleppo. The ongoing crisis in the country has left to date at least 20,000 dead -- according to UN estimates. Activists however put the figure higher, estimating the death toll to be over 30,000.