Clashes in Syria Focus on Rebel Supply Line to Turkey

Troops Move on Key Town of Darkush

by Jason Ditz, February 21, 2012

Violence is on the rise in Syria again today, as clashes erupted in the northern region around the Turkish border while forces loyal to Bashar Assad attempt to cut off supply routes to the rebel factions being supplied from Turkey.

The clashes centered around the town of Darkush, a key rebel stronghold positioned on the Turkish border, as well as along a major northern highway in Syria. Reports indicate that some 18 people have been killed in the area.

Between those 18, and the 16 others reported slain in shelling in Homs, opposition figures reveal that well over 100 people have been killed today, although the math through which they obtained that result was not immediately apparent.

The Red Cross has been pushing for a ceasefire around portions of the nation, to give an opportunity to bring humanitarian aid to people trapped by the ongoing combat. So far it doesn’t seem that either side is close to agreeing to this.

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