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Syria attacks force out residents of big cities

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Thousands of residents in Syria’s two largest cities fled their neighborhoods Thursday, July 26, to escape violence, as the military built up its presence around rebel strongholds in Aleppo and renewed attacks on parts of Damascus.

In both Damascus and Aleppo, the conflict is localized—with some districts under heavy shelling while bordering neighborhoods are unscathed, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In most parts of the capital, however, many Syrians have for days praised the return of relative normalcy after Damascus was paralyzed last week by a government offensive against opposition fighters.

The reprieve appeared short-lived. Starting in the late afternoon, deep booms from artillery attacks on a handful of suburbs, as well as two districts in the southern part of Damascus, reverberated across the city.

Residents of two Damascus suburbs said government forces bombed their neighborhoods overnight with fighter jets and helicopters. Across the capital, extended families fleeing the Daraya, Qudsaya and the Yalda suburbs piled into public schools, vacant apartment blocks and cheap hotels.

Volunteers are trying to help the people with food water and essential household objects. However, as one of the women said: «We don’t want food or water. We want the bombs to stop. They bomb us at morning prayer and they bomb us at evening prayer. Can you tell me when the bombs will stop?»

At least 163 rebels, government forces and civilians died in Thursday’s fighting, according to U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Most of the casualties were reported in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs.

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