Fierce fighting erupts in Syria

2012-07-29 13:41

Beirut - Fierce fighting erupted in rebel-held districts of Aleppo early on Sunday, a day after opposition forces repulsed an offensive by government troops in Syria's second-largest city, a human rights group said.

"Intense clashes took place in the districts of Bab al-Hadid, Zahraa, Arkub and Al-Hindrat Camp as explosions were heard and aircraft were sighted overhead," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Helicopter gunships flew over the Saif al-Dawla district as well as Salaheddin, where rebels held off an offensive by ground troops backed by tanks and helicopters on Saturday, the Britain-based watchdog said.

In the central city of Homs, a battle broke out near the police headquarters between troops and rebel fighters, of whom at least one was killed.

Near the capital, sniper fire killed a civilian in the town of Irbin, the Observatory said. Two more were killed in shelling in Idlib province in the northwest.

On Saturday, violence killed 168 people - 94 civilians, 33 rebels and 41 soldiers, the Observatory said.

More than 20 000 people have died in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule broke out in March last year, according to the watchdog's figures

It is not possible to check casualty tolls independently in Syria. The United Nations has a troubled military observer mission in the country but has stopped giving figures for the overall death toll.

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 14:06

    How long before Assad gets the same treatment as Ceaucescu, Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddaffi. Then the world can move on.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 14:28

      Not even the russians will be able to save this DOG !! This assad terrorist, has an 'organized' terrorist army, tanks, war planes, gunship helicopters, 1st class communication, and can't stop the disorganized opposition, with the FSA. The opposition, MUST have an overwelming support of the Syrian population !!

  • mkyounus - 2012-07-29 14:37

    the west is to blame for all this!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-29 14:45

      Yes, and they are also to blame that chicken eggs are getting smaller !!!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-29 14:49

      @MKYUNUS How? Please explain. I thought the West was not involved?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-30 04:15

      The same highly immature "the West is evil" core belief as Fidel and Patrick. All the while Muslins are being slaughtered in their homes by an unelected dictator, armed by a neo-Soviet regime.

  • marz.smith - 2012-07-29 18:21

    This is very complicated, problem is the the west cant get involved because Russia and China are allies with Syria. We will see a rise of a very large scale , probably the largest in decades.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-30 04:18

      The freer world, with the strongest military alliance on the planet, is allowing the neo-Comminist Russian and Chinese regimes to determine the world's response to Assad's brutal repression of Syrians, who just want to vote. Obama is more focused on his reelection than helping the Syrian people. It is unconscionable.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-02 08:44

    Fred obviously makes comments without doing adequate research, he may well believe the Western controlled media but it does not mean its the truth. Western forces are with the rebels just like they first denied it in Libya and then stated afterwards, France, UK and the USA have feet on the ground and advising the rebels. Not a really impartial stand is it, funny how they dont react as fast when its a place in Africa. At a site called Global research one can find evidence of such meddling, it was also reported on CNN and NY Times. Then u have a country who says Syria is undemocratic, bad human right and then supports the West, who a few days ago fired life rounds on protesters to stop them NY times has even reported that AL Qaeda is also involved with the rebels so whats going to happen now?

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