Clashes broke out in Damascus and Aleppo on Saturday (September 15th), a day after 132 people were killed nationwide, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In the northern city of Aleppo the army battled with opposition forces at the entrances to the opposition-held Bustan al-Basha district. Helicopter gunships also attacked the opposition bastions of Hanano and Sakhur, the monitoring group said.
Government forces also carried out air strikes against a rebel-held police department in Hanano for the second day in a row, after similar attacks on two police branches in the central Damascus district of Midan on Friday.
After a week of fighting over Midan, the army had taken over most of the area and set up checkpoints for the first time, an AFP correspondent said.
Also near Damascus, five opposition fighters were killed by shelling and sniper fire in the southern suburb of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, the Observatory said.
On Saturday, 100 civilians, 13 rebels and 19 soldiers were killed nationwide, the Observatory said, noting that the largest single toll was in Daraa, where 12 civilians were killed in an air strike.