Civilians under fire in Syria's villages
While the fighting continues to rage on the streets of Syria’s second city, Aleppo, the residents of towns in the countryside north of the city continue to suffer regular shelling.
Marea, a town just north of Aleppo, was shelled at 7am Wednesday morning. The target was an empty school.
Diab Khatib had taken shelter from the bombing and was helping to rebuild a local shop.
"So, you know, the jet is aiming at every group of people who are gathering," he pointed out. "The bakery also. Schools. Every group of people."
He said he is waiting to die in Marea "because there is no other way. No other way. Because if we flee to Turkey it is humiliating there: there is no food and no water and here it’s from the jet and from the heavy guns and mortars. So, you know, it’s a siege."
The Assad regime is looking to target towns known to be strongholds of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the region between the Turkish border and Aleppo.
However, the targets are almost always civilian.