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19-Jul-2012 05:50 PMIl futuro appartiene all'Islam
20-Jul-2012 10:47 AM
Rebels seize Syrian border crossings amid battle for Damascus
Syrian rebel fighters reportedly seized control of border crossings into Iraq and Turkey as fighting in the capital Damascus intensified and China and Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on further sanctions.
Iraq's deputy interior minister Adnan al-Asadi said Iraqi troops had seen Free Syrian Army rebels seize control of all the border posts between Iraq and Syria.
Audio: Damascus under attack (AM)
He said in one case the soldiers saw the rebels seize a Syrian lieutenant-colonel, cut off his arms and legs, and kill 22 of his soldiers right in front of them.
This morning the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 248 people, including 109 civilians, died in fighting across the country on Thursday, the highest death toll since the uprising began.
In Damascus, regime forces continued to use attack helicopters and artillery as fighting edged closer to key government buildings, one day after an audacious bomb attack wiped out members of president Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.
The president himself appeared on state TV to swear in a replacement defence minister, reportedly wishing General Fahd al-Freij, whose predecessor died in Wednesday 's bomb attack, "good luck".
But there was no indication where the footage was filmed, amid reports that Mr Assad had fled to the coastal town of Latakia to escape the fighting in Damascus.
In New York, Western powers reacted with fury as Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions against Mr Assad if he did not end the use of heavy weapons.
The text, backed by the United States, France, Germany and Portugal, called for non-military sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter if Mr Assad does not withdraw heavy weapons from Syrian cities in 10 days.
There were 11 votes in favour, Russia and China against, and two abstentions.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr joined the UK and US in condemning the veto this morning, saying he was "bitterly disappointed" by the Security Council impasse.
"We're working over the next few hours to get a resolution through that will continue the work of the UN monitoring and investigating mission in Syria when their mandate runs out in the next 24 hours - that's the current priority," he told ABC News Breakfast.
Britain's ambassador to the UN said he was "appalled" by China and Russia's stance while his US counterpart Susan Rice said the Security Council had "failed utterly" and said Washington would look outside the body for ways "to bring pressure to bear on the Assad regime and to deliver assistance to those in need".
'Nowhere to go'
In Damascus there were reports of fighting in Ikhlas, a neighbourhood adjacent to the Council of Ministers and a Damascus University campus, and activists said hundreds of families were fleeing the area.
"The refugees have nowhere to go. There is fighting across Damascus," said a woman watching the fighting from a tower block near the prime minister's office.
Activists also said a government helicopter gunship attacked a funeral procession, killing so many people that the victims had to be buried in a mass grave.
There were reports of heavy artillery stationed on the mountains around the city opening fire on rebel-held areas.
The Assad regime's future looks increasingly uncertain following the bomb attack which killed three of its top security officials.
Defence minister General Daoud Rajha, Mr Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime's crisis cell, were all killed by the explosion, which targeted a high-level security meeting at a heavily guarded building in central Damascus.
Conflicting accounts have emerged of the attack, which also wounded interior minister Mohammed al-Shaar and General Hisham Ikhtiyar, head of national security.
The Free Syrian Army said it killed the three men with two bombs, one in a packet of chocolates, another in a flower pot, which were planted by a bodyguard before the meeting.
A spokesman said it was part of their Operation Damascus Volcano, "the first in a series ... aimed at bringing down Assad and the pillars and symbols of the regime, whether civilian or military."
Another group, the Brigade of Islam, also claimed responsibility.
Syrian authorities vowed to root out what they called "armed terrorists backed by outside powers".
Mohammed Bassam Imadi, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council, said it was time for the president to give up.
"Bashar al-Assad is in a dilemma. He has been in a dilemma since the revolution started," he said.
"He doesn't know what to do, he doesn't know how to behave and that's why we see so much brutality and we see so much confusion actually by - because no-one in his right mind would shell his own people and send aeroplanes to bombard cities and towns.
"And now, I think he has one choice: to give up and leave the country, otherwise he will have the same destiny like Gaddafi."
Mood leaves Damascus
Meanwhile, the head of the UN monitoring team in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, flew out of Damascus, where the mandate for the UN mission in Syria is due to expire later today.
Before flying out, Major General Mood warned fighting would not bring an end to the crisis.
"Whatever comes, we need very strong and efficient leadership by the Security Council," he said.
"That is needed for the sake for the Syrian people when we look at the violence that is going on everyday around us."
He said all sides in Syria must find a political, not military solution.
"The mandate of UNSMIS will become relevant when the political process takes off," he said.
"That is why any extension of the mission would come with a shift to a more political posture."
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20-Jul-2012 11:12 PM
Russian envoy says Assad ready to go
Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is ready to give up power but only in a "civilised manner", according to Russia's envoy to Paris Alexander Orlov.
Assad had accepted a transition plan agreed to by world powers in Geneva and named a representative for talks with the opposition, Orlov told Radio France International (RFI) in an interview on Friday.
"That is to say, he is accepting to go - but to go in a civilised manner," Orlov said.
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20-Jul-2012 11:24 PM
jazakallah khair to everyone who updates. may Allah SWT relieve the Muslims of oppression and remove the oppressive rulers.Al-Hasan al-Basri said of hypocrisy: No one fears it but a believer, and no one feels safe from it but a hypocrite.
20-Jul-2012 11:27 PM
Allahu Akbar!"Keep yourself busy in remembering your faults, so that you have no time to remember the faults of others. Be sad for the time you spent in other than the pursuit of your Hereafter. Cry frequently for the wrongs you have committed and perhaps you will then be saved from them..." Sufyan ath-Thawri
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21-Jul-2012 08:34 AM
At least we know they can't buy their way out of Hell.
Assad keeps it all in the family with a hoard up to $1.5bn
SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has amassed up to $US1.5 billion for his family and close associates, analysts say, despite moves in London, Switzerland and the US to freeze his regime's assets.
Many of his assets are held in Russia, Hong Kong and a range of offshore tax havens to spread the risk of seizure, according to the London business intelligence firm Alaco. A myriad of companies and trusts are believed to have been deployed to disguise assets that ultimately belong to regime members.
Iain Willis, head of research at Alaco, said millions of pounds frozen in British bank accounts make up just a fraction of the regime's estimated global wealth.
In peacetime, the Assads and their close friends owned 60 to 70 per cent of Syria's assets, from land and factories to energy plants and licences to sell foreign goods. But Dr Assad would find it difficult to liquidate such assets if his regime collapsed.
''In terms of realisable assets, it's likely to be in the region of $1 billion to $1.5 billion,'' said Mr Willis. ''This would be in line with Egypt's [Hosni] Mubarak and the Marcoses of the Philippines.
''These are held, not just by Assad himself, but by extended family members, by second cousins, uncles, business partners and their advisers. Those funds are likely to be held in places like Russia, maybe Dubai, Lebanon, Morocco, even Hong Kong, but the assets themselves are likely to be worldwide.''
In Britain, Ł100 million of Syrian regime assets, mostly cash in bank accounts, have been frozen over the last 14 months.
Swiss authorities have frozen 50 million Swiss francs belonging to Dr Assad and other top officials in recent months. Switzerland says it has targeted at least 127 officials and 40 companies related to the regime.
The Swiss fell into line with the EU after Brussels proscribed 129 individuals and 49 firms, seeking to freeze their assets wherever it can find them. Last year, Swiss prosecutors froze about 3 million euros held in a Geneva bank by Hafez Makhlouf, a cousin of Dr Assad, for suspected money laundering. The money was unfrozen after he appealed, saying it predated sanctions.
Mr Makhlouf's brother, Rami, is a key fixer for the family and has amassed a fortune since 2000. He is believed to be Syria's richest man.
Mr Willis said Dr Assad's resistance to sharing assets among a wider group of military and diplomatic officials may be one reason he has few friends during the crisis.
Mr Makhlouf reportedly once tried to wrest Syria's main Mercedes car dealership from a leading family outside Dr Assad's circle. Mercedes refused to ship cars while the dispute continued and Mr Makhlouf was forced to hand back the licence.
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22-Jul-2012 08:09 AM
Battle for Syria shifts to Aleppo
Heavy fighting has now spread to Syria's largest city, Aleppo, as government forces try to turn back advances made by rebels in recent days.
A northern commercial hub, Aleppo had seen relatively little fighting in recent months, but in the last two days rebels attacked after the bombing that killed four top national security officials.
Heavy fighting has been reported, with troops loyal to president Bashar al Assad moving to drive the Free Syrian Army out of central districts.
Activists in Aleppo said hundreds of families were fleeing residential districts after the military swept into the Saladin district, which had been in rebel hands for two days.
Fighting was also reported in the densely-populated, poor neighbourhood of al Sakhour.
"The sound of bombardment has been non-stop since last night. For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone," a housewife said.
An escalation in the fighting in Aleppo would prove another challenge to Assad, still reeling from the assassination of the four security officials and a six-day attack on the capital which rebels have named "Damascus Volcano".
The president has not spoken in public since the killings, and failed to attend funeral ceremonies for his brother-in-law and two other slain officials on Friday.
The clashes in Aleppo came as United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said he was sending his peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous and top military adviser General Babacar Gaye to Syria to assess the situation.
The UN Security Council has approved a 30-day extension for a ceasefire observer mission, but Mr Ban has recommended changing the focus of its work to pursuing prospects for a political solution - effectively admitting there is no truce to monitor.
Speaking two days after Russia and China vetoed a resolution to impose further sanctions on Assad's government, Mr Ban called on the Security Council to "redouble efforts to forge a united way forward and exercise its collective responsibility".
"The Syrian government has manifestly failed to protect civilians and the international community has collective responsibility to live up to the UN Charter and act on its principles," he said.
There are growing concerns about Syria's chemical weapons, with a general who has defected telling Britain's Sunday Telegraph that the regime may be preparing to use them against the rebels.
The United States says it is closely monitoring the country's use of such weapons, with intelligence agencies believing the weapons are still under government control.
But there are fears they could fall into rebel hands as fighting continues.
A White House spokesman says the US is actively consulting with the Syrian government about its obligation to secure the weapons.
Meanwhile in Damascus, Assad's forces hit back overnight.
Helicopters and tanks aimed rockets, machineguns and mortars at pockets of lightly armed rebel fighters who moved through the streets on foot, attacking security installations and roadblocks.
Residents who toured the city on Saturday said it was relatively quiet, though gunfire and explosions could still be heard intermittently in some areas.
Most shops were closed and there was only light traffic - although more than in recent days.
Some police checkpoints which had been abandoned earlier in the week were manned again.
Most petrol stations were closed, having run out of fuel, and the few that were open had huge lines of cars waiting to fill up.
Residents also reported long queues at bakeries and said vegetable prices had doubled.
"I feel depressed and lonely because I have to stay indoors as there is nothing good outside. Everyone else is depressed as well," said a woman in her 50s in west Damascus who supports Assad's opponents.
An opposition activist said he had sneaked back into the Midan district, which Assad's forces seized back from rebel control on Friday, only to find his house looted.
"The doors were broken and I walked into several houses which were in the same condition," Fadi al Wahed said.
"Safes were broken into, drawers broken and furniture and television screens missing.
"Three army trucks were parked under the ring road flyover with loot."
22-Jul-2012 10:10 AM
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Syrian activists claim Assad’s forces used ‘toxic gas’ against civilians
Syrian activists from the city of Deir Ezzour have circulated a video on the internet of children they said were victims of toxic gas attacks by regime forces amid growing international concern about the country’s stockpiles of chemical weapons.
The activists reported cases of asphyxia due to what they said was toxic gas released by regime forces in the town on Friday.
On Monday, Nawaf Fares, who defected from his post as Syrian ambassador to Iraq, said in an interview with the BBC that he was “convinced” that Assad would draw on his stocks if cornered, according to AFP.
His comments were backed up by members of the rebel Syrian Free Army.
A few days earlier, the Wall Street Journal said that intelligence reports suggested some chemical weapons were on the move, although the reasons were unclear.
It said some U.S. officials feared the weapons could be used against rebels or civilians, while others believed they were being deliberately hidden from armed opposition groups or Western powers.
Both Fares and the Syrian Free Army even allege that chemical weapons have already been used during the Syrian conflict.
In reality, very little is known about Syria’s chemical capabilities as the country is not a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which requires member states to be transparent and destroy their stockpiles.
The secrecy surrounding the stockpiles has rattled Israel, which believes it could be a direct target, AFP reported.
Israel’s deputy chief of the general staff, Major General Yair Naveh, said in June that Syria has the “biggest chemical weapons arsenal in the world.”
“(Syria) has missiles and rockets capable of reaching any part of Israeli territory,” he warned.
Syria has, however, never used chemical weapons against Israel, even during the 1982 Lebanon war.
Syria is believed to have stockpiles of the deadly nerve agent sarin gas, as well as reserves of cyanide and of mustard gas, which was used in World War One.
Its program is thought to be “quite large,” said Byman.
Experts think the program has been developed over the last 40 years, initially with help from the former Soviet Union in a bid to reinforce Syria’s capacities against Israel then later by Iran.
According to a 2008 report from the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Iran helped Syria build production centers and provided equipment.
“There are reports that Syria has benefited from sales and technology transfers from Iran,” CSIS said.
Another study by the California-based Center for Nonproliferation Studies showed that Syria has four or five chemical weapons factories near to the capital Damascus, the second city of Aleppo and in the province of Hama, one of the flashpoints of the conflict."...The eyes are filled with tears and the heart is full of grief but we do not say anything except that which is pleasing to our lord.."
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26-Jul-2012 09:15 PM
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Khalad have u seen the footage on youtube shot the man in the white thobe picking up the 16yr old boy on the street? Gives u shivers
27-Jul-2012 01:18 PM
so is the text message going around correct???
Assalam alaikum wrwb. A call to believers who fear Allah s.w.t.The next few days the Syrian ppl & Mujahideen will experience possibly the biggest battle in their some 16 month struggle. The tyrant nusayriya have deployed most of their troops to Aleppo aiming for an onslaught on friday or sat to end this praiseworthy struggle. I ask all brothers and sisters to increase their sincere dua for the mujahideen and the Syrian ppl as much as they can inshallah, plz pass on
27-Jul-2012 04:35 PM"...The eyes are filled with tears and the heart is full of grief but we do not say anything except that which is pleasing to our lord.."
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28-Jul-2012 08:56 AM
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Love the peace signs.. lol My cousin posing for the camera after his battalion took control of one of the T72 Assaad tanks. May Allaah give the Mujaahideen in Syria victory over those barbarians! Please remember them in your dua as Aleppo is currently surrounded by 10,000 Assaad soldiers/shabiha including tanks and machinegun helicopters."...The eyes are filled with tears and the heart is full of grief but we do not say anything except that which is pleasing to our lord.."
28-Jul-2012 02:46 PM
World fears slaughter and devastation in Aleppo
Mujahideen patrol streets of Aleppo
World leaders are warning of an imminent bloody showdown in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
The United Nations, along with the US, Britain, France and Turkey, fears for the safety of civilians in the city.
Government forces reportedly have rebels in Aleppo surrounded, with thousands of troops, tanks, and helicopter gun ships.
One pro-government newspaper says troops are preparing for the "mother of all battles".
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has urged rebels in the city, and the government forces surrounding them, to spare civilians.
"I have been receiving as yet unconfirmed reports of atrocities, including extra-judicial killings and shootings of civilians by snipers, that took place during the recent fighting in various suburbs of Damascus," she said in a statement.
"It goes without saying that the increasing use of heavy weapons, tanks, attack helicopters and - reportedly - even jet fighters in urban areas has already caused many civilian casualties and is putting many more at grave risk.
"All this, taken along with the reported build-up of forces in and around Aleppo, bodes ill for the people of that city."
Her concerns have been echoed by the US State Department, which fears forces loyal to Mr Assad are preparing to carry out a "massacre".
The department says there are credible reports of tank columns moving on Aleppo, along with air strikes by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
France also fears Mr Assad is preparing to carry out a "slaughter" in Aleppo.
"With the build-up of heavy weapons around Aleppo, Assad is preparing to carry out a fresh slaughter of his own people," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
Mr Valero said France shared US concerns over the rapidly deteriorating situation in Aleppo and called on Mr Assad to end the violence and step down.
"Our message is that Assad must go," he said.
'Death is everywhere'
The battle for Aleppo, a major power centre that is home to 2.5 million people, is being seen as a potential turning point in the 16-month uprising against Mr Assad.
Activist Dema al Attar, who is in Aleppo, says residents are desperate.
"We are needing help. We are needing support. We are needing somebody to protect us from their invasion," she said.
"People is afraid and worried and blood is everywhere. Death is everywhere."
But thanks to a deadlock at the United Nations, no one is coming to help.
Neighbouring Turkey has called for international steps to deal with the military build-up in Aleppo.
And Britain has warned a Syrian regime attack on Aleppo would be unacceptable and could lead to huge loss of civilian life and a humanitarian disaster.
Prime minister David Cameron says he is concerned the Assad regime is set to carry out some "some truly appalling acts around and in the city of Aleppo".
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has begun evacuating some expatriate aid workers from Syria due to the worsening situation.
Even as the world braces for another bloodbath, there has been more speculation about a possible transition if the Assad regime crumbles.
Opposition groups are meeting to discuss a possible transition government.
One name mentioned prominently is Manaf Tlass, a former top ranking Sunni general who defected earlier this month.
Some see his close connection to the regime as a possible advantage; others as a detriment.
It is far from clear the if opposition groups talking about the transition represent the rebel fighters on the front lines.
29-Jul-2012 03:05 AM
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InshaAllaah Tlass is not considered for the any form of leadership in the future of Syria. Him and his dad have "served" their country enough.
This is the only Tlass we wanna see in power.. 24 year old Commander of one of the largest FSA battalions, the Al-Farouq Battalion, Abdul Razaq Tlass
30-Jul-2012 07:17 AM
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Rebels successfully fended off a government attack on the Salaheddin district of Aleppo on Saturday, but their initial victory incurred a heavy bombardment that risked leveling the entire neighbourhood, according to an American journalist who traveled with the rebels.
Christian Science Monitor correspondent Scott Peterson spoke with Al Jazeera on Sunday night after leaving Syria for Turkey. His account of the fighting in Syria's largest city illustrates the rebels' tenacious ability to hold their own against a better-armed government but also the risks that entails, as the leadership in Damascus grows increasingly desperate to quash the uprising.
"It was a very up and down fight at the very early stages," Peterson said. "I think [the victory] took the rebel forces by surprise a little bit. They claimed they knocked out eight tanks."
Peterson said he saw video footage of one armoured troop carrier that had been destroyed and saw a number of government troops killed.
"It was surprising to feel the degree of optimism that some of the rebels there felt," he said. "Of course what they were concerned about wsa that the quality and the volume of the shelling ... was going to yield kind of a destroyed neighbourhood."*
Peterson said the rebels' weapon supplies had markedly increased in the past few days, with many more rocket-propelled grenades and even DShK or "Dushka" anti-aircraft *guns appearing on the scene.
30-Jul-2012 10:49 PM
Syria shuts down embassy in Canberra
Syria has shut down its Australian embassy in Canberra, with the website stating it is now closed.
At the end of May, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced a dramatic 72-hour deadline for two of Syria's senior diplomats to leave Australia, including Syrian Charge D'Affairs Jawdat Ali.
It followed the massacre of dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Houla.
At the time, Senator Carr warned the Syrian government could not expect any further official engagement with Australia until it agreed to a UN ceasefire.
The Department of Foreign Affairs says the Syrian government decided to shut down its embassy at the end of last month.
It says the remaining Syrian diplomats got out of Australia on June 26.
It says Syrian officials advised Australian authorities that the embassy was closing on June 29.
DFAT has stressed it was a decision taken by Syria.
It is understood some former embassy workers are now seeking asylum in Australia.
In Syria, hundreds and thousands of people are fleeing the northern city Aleppo as fighting continues between regime forces and rebels.
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01-Aug-2012 10:27 AM
Rebels say tide turning in battle for Aleppo
Rebel fighters converging on the city of Aleppo say they are gaining the upper hand against Syrian government forces.
Rebels are badly out-gunned in the city, and for days have been clashing with pro-Assad forces backed by artillery and helicopter gunships.
Government forces have said they are slowly clearing rebels out of the city, but the rebels say they are the ones making progress.
The Free Syrian Army claims to have overrun two police stations in Aleppo, and other rebels say a key checkpoint north of the city, Syria's commercial capital, has also been captured.
The fight for Syria's second city has become the focus of the 16-month-old rebellion against president Bashar al-Assad.
Middle East correspondent Matt Brown, who is just outside Aleppo, says if the rebels lose the city, they may well lose the uprising.
He says because of that, rebels are trying hard to up the ante.
Today I’ve been looking at what I’d guess you’d call a production line for an urban insurgency.
I’ve been looking at improvised explosive devices, home-made bombs being made, mixed up and set in I guess what are five or seven litre paint tins with the detonators in them. We saw a man mixing the powder for that.
And they were what military professionals call shaped charges. So they’re designed in such a way that the metal at the front of them shoots out and can penetrate armour like the tanks that the regime’s been using.
We’ve also been hearing about them capturing tanks from the Syrian government forces. But what I was seeing today was them getting anti-aircraft guns ready that they’ve seized from a very important military base nearby. Several of them have already been put on the back of trucks and sent into the battle for Aleppo.
"Within days, God willing, Aleppo will be liberated," he told the BBC.
"We've already taken some areas, and once they're secured, we'll move on to the city centre until the whole of Aleppo is free."
But despite recent rebel victories, many experts say they expect the government's overwhelming firepower to eventually wear down rebels in the city.
As the fighting goes on, there is also growing concern from Western diplomats about the make-up of the opposition forces.
Intelligence agencies have reportedly identified a steady flow of foreign fighters joining the fight in Syria - including militants from Chechnya, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
And meanwhile in Cairo, rebel politicians have formed a new umbrella group.
Veteran dissident Haytham al Maleh says he has been chosen to lead a government-in-exile following the meeting, which the opposition Syrian National Council did not attend.
It’s important but it’s just yet another pole of power in the opposition which has been dreadfully fractured and lacking in unity. It’s called the Council for the Syrian Revolution.
It’s led by a well known activist. He says that they’re not asking for intervention, that they’re asking for action to stop planes from attacking rebels and that when Aleppo is free they’ll have what sounds like a headquarters for the rebellion.
I have to say that the way people here in north-west Syria see these people outside, people who at the very least are not in here fighting right now, as lacking some authority even if they’ve been people who’ve been activists here in the past.
They’re really putting a lot of weight on people who are now actually putting their lives on the line in battle.
Street war - a rebel takes position during clashes with troops at a police station in Aleppo.
The United Nations says up to 16,000 people who did not have the means to escape the city are sheltering in schools and mosques.
UN spokeswoman Melissa Flemming says the organisation is increasingly concerned about the safety of civilians in the city.
"We are witnessing that thousands of frightened residents are seeking shelter in schools, mosques, public buildings - these are the people who haven't fled the city, haven't had the means or feel that it's too dangerous to make that journey," she told the BBC.
"We are getting indications that the journey is wrought with armed gangs, road blocks blocking the way."
And despite over 200,000 civilians fleeing Aleppo, the UNHCR is reporting that only a few thousand have made it over the border.
One man who managed to make it into Turkey, Muhammad Nebegan, said the situation in and around Aleppo is increasingly desperate for civilians.
"Humanitarian conditions are very difficult. There are no services available. Flour mills and bakeries are mostly closed. All these services were controlled by the regime. Nothing was controlled by the people," he said.
"The FSA is trying to bring bread to the people. And some other people are also helping and camps are being set up on the southern edge of Aleppo."
01-Aug-2012 07:22 PM
Syrian helicopter shot down near Damascus
02-Aug-2012 07:41 PM
Jesh el-Hurr took over the house of Zeino el-Barri who is a Syrian SUNNI MP and killed him by firing squad.. his family is known for being drug dealers
Syrian MP killed publicly by FSA firing squad
check out how many pictures are in his house of him and bashar, it's like he was infatuated with him
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