UN envoy Mistura concerned over Syria barrel bombing 

UN envoy

July 23, Abuja: The United Nations envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said that the government forces have dropped a large number of barrel bombs on Zabadani city, causing unprecedented levels of destruction.

Mistura said that the air strikes caused many civilian deaths in the city, located about 45km northwest of the capital Damascus, and about 10km from the border with Lebanon.

The army of Fatah, that controls Zabadani, retaliated by firing rockets and mortar bombs on two Shia villages, Al Foua and Kefraya, near Idlib city in the north and in both cases, civilians are tragically caught in the middle of the fighting, he said.

Syrian state television said the army had destroyed a 70-metre-long tunnel used by the rebels to transport equipment into Zabadani.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that the clashes continued overnight in the Zabadani area, with heavy aerial bombardments in and around the city and reports of casualties on both sides.

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