BEIRUT — Syrian government warplanes unleashed deadly airstrikes on rebel strongholds in the country’s north today, activists reported.
The barrage came as the U.N. food agency warned that more and more Syrians depend on assistance provided by the World Food Program to stay alive amid the worsening civil war.
The airstrikes hit Idlib and Aleppo provinces, with activists describing them as some of the worst since rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad made advances in the region in the past week.
Assad’s regime has increasingly relied on warplanes in its struggle to crush rebels who have taken over large swaths of territory in the north and near the border with Turkey.
In addition to the air bombardment, Human Rights Watch on Sunday cited allegations that Assad’s government has been using cluster bombs — which are banned by most nations. The New-York based group cited amateur video and testimony from Syrian front lines.