Amnesty International has accused Syrian government forces of endangering civilians by increasingly attacking residential areas indiscriminately.
After a 10-day investigation in Aleppo, Amnesty says civilians are enduring a horrific level of violence. It accuses government forces of randomly attacking neighbourhoods where opposition fighters are based, rather than specific military targets.
The report comes as fresh fighting has erupted in the main cities. In Aleppo the Syrian army is said to have seized central Christian districts from rebel control after a two-day battle, while fighting continues in the north.
15 people were reported killed near Damascus as President al-Assad’s forces took over the Sunni Muslim town of Daraya.
The UN’s observer mission has ended in Syria, leaving only a tiny office. Its head met Iranian authorities in Damascus on Thursday. The UN backs Western claims that Iran is actively helping Assad in his bid to crush the opposition.