Syrian War Jets Keep Bombarding Strategic City

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Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The Syrian military continued its onslaught against rebel forces on Thursday as warplanes struck the strategic city of Maaret al-Numan, leaving dozens dead.

Maaret al-Numan, which was captured last week by fighters opposed to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, is located between the capital of Damascus and Syria’s largest city of Aleppo.

By not controlling Maaret al-Numan, government troops have a more difficult time transporting troops and supplies between the two other cities.

Al-Assad’s forces have been bombarding the region for the past week with allegations by Human Rights Watch that his government is also using cluster bombs, a weapon banned by most of the world that sprays a wide area with lethal bomblets.  Syria has refuted the allegations.

With the fighting intensifying, there was no further word Thursday about progress being made on a proposed four-day ceasefire next week that has been touted by the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria and regional leaders.

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