The fighting in Syria continued Friday as at least 16 civilians were killed in bombing attacks by the Syrian army on the village of Yalda, south of Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
According to the NGO, five children under 16 and four women were among the victims of the shelling.
"This new massacre was perpetrated by helicopters that fired on the village and some houses collapsed on their inhabitants," the General Committee of the Revolution said in a statement.
According to figures by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Thursday at least 150 people were killed during clashes throughout the country bearing in mind fighting is mainly focused now in Damascus neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad in which Free Syrian Army rebels still maintain a stronghold.
In the meantime, helicopters fired Friday on some quarters of Aleppo and troops massed near this Syrian city for a crucial battle between Assad regime forces and the Free Syrian Army fighters.
According to Reuters news a rebel commander said the shelling, which follows intensive ground and air bombardment, was an attempt to drive fighters inside Aleppo from their strongholds and to stop their comrades outside the city from resupplying them. He also added, "Regime forces are shelling at random to instil a state of terror."
Furthermore according to Arab media, one of Free Syrian Army leaders said that between 1,500 and 2,000 fighters of Free Syrian Army had arrived from outside the city to reinforce some 2,000 already fighting in Aleppo.
Earlier this week, London's Asharq Alawsat newspaper reported that Assad has opted to remain in Syria because he still believes he is able to steer the ship with the help of Russian political and military experts.
For his part, the head of U.N. observers in Syria, Norwegian Gen. Robert Mood, said on Friday that it is just a matter of time before the regime of Bashar al-Assad falls because its use of massive force against the civilian population.
In a related development, Reuters news reported on Friday that Free Syrian Army fighters have detained 150 people of Syrian officers, soldiers and pro-government militiamen this week in Idlib province and in the city of Aleppo.