Air strikes by Russian planes have targeted peaceful Muslims inside Aleppo city. Alawite regime forces on Friday used Russian fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo.
Russian warplanes bombarded the liberated towns of Al-Bab and Marea near Aleppo city, while that Assad's forces and freedom fighters fought around Minnigh military airport.
Despite shelling by enemy Alawite forces, residents of Marea, Aleppo city and towns across the northern province came out for anti-Alawite regime demonstrations after the weekly Muslim prayers on Friday.
Demonstrations were also reported in the provinces of Damascus, Idlib, Daraa in the south and Hama in central Syria where an unknown number of protesters were killed as Assad regime forces opened fire in Hama city.
Just south of Damascus, the Alawite army fired live ammunition at an anti-regime demonstration in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.
Near the capital, at least 15 Assad's soldiers were killed or wounded in an attack on their vehicle in the town of Douma, where clashes broke out near the municipal build.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, said the Assad regime was nearing its "inevitable" end and that his government was holding continuous contacts with the Syrian opposition.
"Assad's regime is approaching its inevitable end", Erdogan said in comments translated into Russian at a news conference in the Ukrainian Black Sea resort of Yalta.
"We must say 'No' to this human drama and not allow flames to engulf the whole region, so that the transition process could move more quickly ahead", the Turkish leader said.