Assad's regime forces appear to be preparing for a large assault on the commercial capital of Aleppo, where Russian-made helicopter gunships have opened fire on civilians and he Assad's army has massed troops on the city's borders.
Around 100 Russian-made tanks and a large number of military vehicles arrived outside Aleppo.
Alawite troops stationed on the outskirts of the city fired heavy-caliber mortar rounds on the western neighborhoods of Salaheddine, al-Sukkari and al-Fardos, while Russian-made MI-25 helicopter gunships struck al-Sakhour in the east with rockets.
More Alawite military forces come from Hama and Idlib to support the already existing Assad forces in the west of Aleppo for launching more attacks and commit more massacres.
300,000 people fled the city and that there is a huge shortage of food. The city is in a complete paralysis.
Freedom fighters targeted Assad's army roadblocks and security installations, with both sides avoiding close-quarters warfare in the city of 2.5 million people.
Fighting takes place in a number of neighborhoods in Aleppo. The Free Syrian Army managed to take control of some neighborhoods. The Alawite regime is fighting back.
Thirty-four people were killed in Aleppo and its environs on Thursday.
On Friday, several towns in southern Deraa province were bombarded, killing at least four people. The Assad's troops were engaged in violent clashes with armed opposition forces in Idlib province bordering Turkey.
A child was killed when Alawite security forces opened fire on a group of refugees fleeing to his country in a border area close to Deraa.
Meanwhile, in a setback to Assad's regime, Ikhlas Badawi, a parliamentarian, became the latest to announce that she had defected to Turkey. Badawi arrived in Turkey on Thursday, and will now head to Qatar, which has agreed to receive her. In a press conference, Badawi blamed the Assad regime for failing the people and called on Syrian parliamentarians and the international community to prevent further massacres.