The Straits Times
Published on Oct 29, 2012

Heaviest raids in Syria since warplanes deployed: NGO


BEIRUT (AFP) - The Syrian military on Monday launched the heaviest air strikes seen in the country since warplanes were first deployed over the summer, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"There have been 48 air raids across the country over four hours this morning. These are the heaviest air strikes since warplanes were first deployed over the summer," the watchdog's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"The regime is looking to make real gains. There are battles in all of these areas being hit," said Mr Abdel Rahman.

The Britain-based Observatory reported 11 air raids on villages and towns across the northwestern province of Idlib, where regime forces and rebels have been locked in fierce fighting over the Wadi Daif military base.