Even without chemical weapons, the Syrian bloodshed continues unabated: Dozens were killed on Friday, at least 20 of them in bombardments by Assad forces' jets in the Aleppo district in northern Syria.
In a different incident, jihadist rebels executed at least 10 regime soldiers in the city of Deir al-Zor, the site of intense battles between the regime and the al-Qaeda
linked Nusra Front.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes overnight in several districts of the city and said rebels from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front executed the soldiers they captured.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on intel gathered by a network of activists around Syria, reported that the citizens killed in the Aleppo district's village of Tel Aran in died in two seperate incidents: The group says seven people died when forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fired on their car. Another 12 people were killed in a shelling attack on the town.
The village of Tel Aran is near Sapira, which Assad forces are attempting to take over from jihadist rebels over the last few weeks. According to reports, Sapira is close to an underground facility for the production and storage of chemical weapons.
Tel Aran's residents are mostly ethnic Kurds whose militias were pushed out in July by rebels of al-Qaida's Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
On Friday, the international agency which supervises the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria
stated its inspectors have already visited 14 sites nationwide since the start of the project in October 1.
The Organization against the Proliferation of Chemical Weapons and the UN are acting in Syria in the framework of an agreement reached last month by Russia and the US, according to which the Assad regime be dismantled of its chemical arsenal, and in return the US will lift its threat of military action meant to punish Assad for the chemical massacre in Damascus last August, in which nearly 1,500 people were killed.
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