Fourth day of fighting in Aleppo
Jul 25 2012
Fierce clashes have flared for a fourth day in Syria's commercial capital of Aleppo, showing the strength of the rebel assault on regime targets.
President Barack Obama warned Syria against using its chemical weapons after Damascus acknowledged for the first time on Monday that they possessed them and threatened their use against any "foreign aggression."
The state news agency said regime forces fought with rebels in the Aleppo neighbourhoods of Salaheddine and Sukkari and claimed they had inflicted heavy losses. The Britain-based Syria Observatory, meanwhile, reported heavy fighting after midnight in several other neighbourhoods as well as shelling by regime forces.
Some areas also saw protests calling for the fall of the government early in the morning, the Observatory reported.
On Sunday a newly formed alliance of rebel groups called the Brigade for Unification announced an operation to liberate Aleppo, the country's largest city with about three million people. Reports from opposition activists indicate the fighting has been restricted to certain outer neighbourhoods and has not reached the city centre.
Damascus, which saw an even fiercer rebel assault last week, appears to be largely in government hands once more as government troops scoured neighbourhoods for the remnants of rebel fighters, the state news agency reported.
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