UN: Syria using fighter jets against rebels
FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2002 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, with Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass, right, father of Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass visit the tomb of the unknown soldier, in Damascus, on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of their Liberation War. The most prominent defector from the Syrian regime has offered to help unite the country’s fractured opposition. Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass told the Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat in an interview appearing Thursday that he had tried to convince President Bashar Assad not to use the security option when dealing with the protesters. (AP Photo/Sana, File)
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations mission in Syria says its observers have witnessed government fighter jets opening fire on Aleppo, the country’s largest city..
In a briefing on Wednesday, mission spokeswoman Sausan Ghosheh also said the U.N. had confirmation that the rebels now have heavy weapons of their own, including tanks.
Ghosheh expressed concern over the situation in the northern city of Aleppo, where rebels have been battling government forces for the past 12 days.
She described “heavy use of heavy weapons, including tanks, helicopters, heavy machine guns, as well as artillery.”