(AFP) Syrian gunships pounded rebels and troops clashed with insurgents in Aleppo on Friday as world powers voiced fears over an all-out assault and called for "maximum pressure" to prevent a massacre.Ramadan death count moves up to 862.
Columns of armed forces and armour have poured into Aleppo over the past two days, with troops firing on a string of rebel neighbourhoods in the battle for control of the pivotal northern city.
Amid widespread expectations that an increasingly desperate President Bashar al-Assad will pull out all the stops to secure Aleppo, residents of some areas of the commercial capital fled in fear of a massacre. [...]
The Observatory reported at least four deaths in Aleppo on Friday, among 59 people killed nationwide -- 27 civilians, 17 soldiers and five rebels.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Syrian gunships hit rebels amid massacre fears, 59 killed nationwide