The Syrian military continued its campaign against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Friday (August 24th) as air strikes and shells pounded opposition positions across the country, AFP reported.
At least 21 people, including 12 women, were killed Friday when government air strikes flattened a residential building and seriously damaged another in the eastern town of Mayadin in Deir ez-Zor province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Observatory also reported heavy shelling in Aleppo, where some of the fiercest fighting has occurred since the conflict began over 17 months ago.
The FSA claimed it controlled over half of the northern commercial hub, but the government declared Thursday that it recaptured three districts in the city's centre.
The Syrian military attacked several areas of northwestern Idlib province, the Observatory said, adding that fierce fighting was also reported in the central province of Hama.
At least 50 unidentified bodies were also found shot dead in the last 24 hours, notably in Aleppo and Damascus, the Observatory said.
August has been the most violent month of the conflict as over 4,000 people were killed, according to the Observatory.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the new special peace envoy, was scheduled to meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday to discuss the conflict. Faisal Muqdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, said Syrian officials are ready to work with the new envoy.