Government troops have begun an assault on the town of Daraya, on the southwestern edge of Damascus, killing 25 and wounding more than 200 in the past two days. Across the country at least 100 people—including 59 civilians—were killed Thursday, as rebels reportedly left the area. “They are using mortar bombs to clear each sector. Then they enter it, while moving towards the center,” said Abu Zeid, an activist who is in the area. In Aleppo, where violent warfare has been raging, the city is still partially controlled by rebels. Two hundred deaths were reported Wednesday, as violence continues to intensify.