The Syrian military has stepped up air strikes on rebel areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, opposition activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said the raids took
place mostly in western areas between midnight on Sunday and noon on
The UK-based group said there were many casualties, but did not give a figure.
The intensified strikes come as US-led forces continue to bomb Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq.
US and Arab jets have been attacking IS positions around the
northern Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters are under siege.
In an interview with the BBC, the US special envoy for the
global coalition to counter IS defended the airdrops of military
supplies into Kobane despite some of them ending up in the hands of the
ohn Allen said only one of 28 bundles of small arms, ammunition and
other weapons supplied by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in
northern Iraq might have ended up in the hands of the militants.
Shortly after he spoke, the Kurdistan Parliament approved the deployment of about 120 Peshmerga fighters to Kobane.
Turkey signalled on Monday that it would allow Peshmerga to
cross its border with Syria. It has refused to allow Turkish Kurds to do
The BBC's Kasra Naji, who is on the Turkish side of the
border, says it is unclear when the Peshmerga will arrive. Officials say
they will bring heavy weapons - something Kurds in Kobane say they