As the decommissioning of chemical weapons in Syria takes place, the Free Syrian Army has intensified its military campaign against the ruling regime, to end the siege over the southern suburbs of Damascus and the city of Homs.
More than 145 civilians were killed across the country in just one day, mostly in the capital of Damascus, according to The Syrian Network for Human Rights, as the regime airforce bombarded the Jobar neighbourhood on Thursday.
Meanwhile, 30 regime soldiers were killed in Homs, according to the Free Syrian Army, as opposition brigades started a military campaign to end the siege over the city.
Opposition armed forces promised to intensify the bombardment of President Bashar Assad’s regime controlled areas in Damascus in an attempt to end the siege over southern areas of the capital where families can’t receive food or aid.
Syrian activists reported that families in Yarmouk Palestinian refugees camp, in the south of Damascus, started to eat cats and dogs as a result of the prolonged siege.
In Aleppo, Free Syrian Army brigades attacked military factories with mortar rockets in an attempt to take control over the northern province, which borders Turkey.
Destruction of chemical weapons
Chemical weapon inspectors have announced that the Syrian regime will not be capable to manufacture or use chemical weapons from the beginning of November, as the chemical stockpile is due to be destroyed.
The Organisation for The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent inspectors to Syria in an international mission to destroy the stockpile. This follows chemical weapon attacks perpetrated against civilians in suburbs of Damascus in August.
According to the United Nations, more than 130,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war, which began when Assad regime forces cracked down on peaceful demonstrations in March 2011, leading the country into crisis.