Syrian forces shelled opposition fighters Friday (August 3rd) in the battle for Aleppo and raided villages around the country, AFP reported.
The state news agency SANA said army and police forces killed 17 "terrorists" in Aleppo where the government and the armed opposition have been battling since July 20th.
In Damascus, forces allied with the government attacked neighbourhoods controlled by the opposition and killed six civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Another three civilians were killed in Houla, where at least 108 people were massacred in May.
In Hama's al-Arbaeen district, scores of civilians and rebels were reported dead, the Observatory said, noting that communication networks in the city were cut.
"The number of martyrs and wounded is not known [in Al-Arbaeen] as bodies were left lying in the streets, and regime forces prevented residents from helping the wounded and burying the dead," according to a statement by the opposition Syrian National Council.
The latest violence comes ahead of a United Nations General Assembly vote on Friday to condemn the regime's use of heavy weapons as well as world powers' failure to end the conflict, AFP reported.
The resolution, drafted by Saudi Arabia, demands that Syrian officials meet their "obligations" under international law and "implement rapidly" a political transition plan agreed by the international powers on June 30th, which includes the creation of a "transitional governing body" and free elections.
A demand calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign and a wider application of sanctions ordered by the Arab League were removed from the resolution.