Om Tuesday freedom fighters stormed an Alawite post in Douma, killing six Assad's militants, while intense shelling by Assad's gangs sent residents of the Damascus suburb fleeing in panic. At least two civilians died when Douma, in the capital's northeast, was rocked by Assad's shelling following the deadly raid by the freedom fighters during the night on an Alawite military base. The former medical center was transformed by Assad's gangs into a barracks, and snipers were positioned there.
Other liberated bastions in and around Damascus were also bombarded at dawn on Tuesday.
Assad's gangs also targeted a string of liberated strongholds in towns and suburbs outside the capital at dawn, including in Babila, Hosh al-Arab, Saqba and Zabadani.
More than 100 shells fell on Zabadani, once a resort destination known for its mild weather and scenic views just northwest of the capital but now devastated by the liberation war ravaging Syria.
Elsewhere in Damascus province, the town of Yabroud came under fierce Alawite artillery fire
Aleppo's northeast district of Hanano City again came under Alawite bombardment on Tuesday, a day after 19 civilians were killed in shelling by Assad's gangs there and in other districts.
Fighting between Alawite gangs and freedom fighters also flared in the Arkoub, Sakhur, Sheikh Khodr and Sheikh Faris districts as well as along Suleiman al-Halabi street in the city center.
Freedom fighters and Assad's gangs on Monday clashed in the centuries-old Aleppo souk, days after it was ravaged by a fire sparked by earlier fighting.