Aleppo hit by regime gunships, Ban 'seriously concerned'

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Syrian helicopters bombarded several neighbourhoods of the northern city of Aleppo on Friday (July 27th), AFP reported.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the army used helicopter gunships in the city's southwestern neighbourhoods of Salaheddin, Bustan al-Qasr, Sukari, al-Mashhad and al-Azamiya.

Troops also clashed with opposition forces in the central Jamiliya district, as well as in Mahatat Baghdad and in Saadallah al-Jabiri Square, the Observatory reported.

"I'm seriously concerned by the escalating violence in Aleppo," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during a visit to London for the Olympic Games. "I urge the Syrian government to halt the offensive."

The new violence follows concerns from Western leaders over the Syrian military's build-up outside Aleppo, with many imploring the regime to express restraint.

"I am deeply concerned by reports that the Syrian government is amassing its troops and tanks around Aleppo," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague, adding that "the conflict could lead to a devastating loss of civilian life".

French foreign ministry spokesperson Bernard Valero said, "We call on the regime to end the violence and to cease the use of heavy weapons."

Italy also called on Friday for "maximum pressure" to be exerted on President Bashar al-Assad "to ward off a new massacre", according to a statement by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi.

Meanwhile, in Idlib province, the Observatory reported continuous government shelling in the town of Maaret al-Numan. It said Syrian opposition forces captured 50 troops, including 14 officers.

Friday's violence follows the deaths at least 164 people on Thursday, including 84 civilians, the Observatory said.

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    aminalkasrwy

    2012-7-29

    This child's play! One time there is a threat, another time there an alarm! If it is a good country, all other countries would help it, and we as Muslims would gather to help. But God is the only helper

  • مروى نجيب

    2012-7-28

    The International Community should spread democracy in all the various countries around the world, as in the long run this will increase stability in all the countries of the world, and particularly in Syria, with all the massacres that are occurring around the world, in order to completely eradicate international terrorism. All the countries in the world and the international media should not exaggerate in their estimates of the loss of lives among the innocent Syrian civilians, because this will lower the morale of the Syrian people as a whole. And also, the governments of the world should consider the civilians that live close to the terrorists and extremists as well as their sympathizers that provide them with moral, informational or material support and those civilians that offer safe havens to the terrorists and facilitate them to escape from the security forces, as absolutely not impartial, and instead they are oppressors that are very much in support of the terrorists and extremists, and they should be dealt with in the same manner as the terrorists and extremists, since by these actions and activities they are terrorists in every sense of the world. And by the same token, there is no place for a neutral stance vis-à-vis terrorism, and the neutral Syrian government that is working against oppression and against the dog Bashar should combat terrorism, and what is meant here by terrorism is the terrorism of the dog Bashar against the brotherly country of Syria, with absolute and in the strongest military ways, because this war is a principal and main factor in defeating and weakening terrorism and weakening the power of the dog Bashar, and cutting off their communications, and making those that sympathize with terrorism.

  • مواطن شريف

    2012-7-28

    We demand the Syrian Arab army to sternly put an end to this war with criminals and to rid Syria and its surroundings of these terrorists.

  • عبد اللطيف

    2012-7-27

    The whole world is required to interfere to protect the Syrians from the massacres and annihilation that take place against them on part of the Syrian regime, which exploited all the means to annihilate his people. It did not stop there, but the situation developed seriously to the extent that we found that some countries help the regime to destroy its people and provide it with money and weapons to help it survive in the authority. The international community works on the Syrian case very silently, and the UN Security Council has not taken any decision or issued any resolution regarding the Syrian case in order to save the Syrians, because the crimes that are committed against them are unimaginable. The Syrian people are being slain by the regime but we did not see any move on part of any state to solve this crisis, which continued for more than a year now. The Syrians are resisting in every possible way to depose Bashar, but the question is that, why the world reacted in the case of Libya and did not do the same with Syria? The right answer is that because there are two states, which are bigger than all the other states in the Security Council, I mean China and Russia, and they oppose any movement against the regime in Syria for the sake of their joint interests with the Syrian regime. However, the Security Council witnesses attempts to change their insistence on this issue.