UN: 1.5 million Syrians in need of food aid
The Observatory and another group, the Local Coordination Committees, reported violence elsewhere in the country, including attacks by government troops backed by helicopter gunships on the southern town of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa province.
The Observatory said rebels and troops were fighting near the military air base of Tabaqah in the northern province of Raqqa. Last week, rebels captured a major border crossing with Turkey in Raqqa.
Meanwhile, the Assad regime came under attack in a different arena. The state-run news agency SANA said its Facebook page was hacked in what it described as ‘‘another attempt targeting the Syrian national media.’’ Efforts are underway to repair the Facebook page, the agency said.
Associated Press writers Diaa Hadid and David Stringer at the United Nations and Albert Aji in Damascus contributed reporting.