Syria's armed opposition on Friday (August 10th) vowed to continue fighting in Aleppo a day after government forces drove them out of the district of Salaheddine, AFP reported.
"We will not let Salaheddine go," said Free Syrian Army commander Hossam Abu Mohammed, who said his men were still fighting in parts of Aleppo's south-western district after most withdrew Thursday in the face of heavy bombing and advancing troops.
Meanwhile, the regime continued its assault on Aleppo on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Regime bombs continued to strike parts of the northern city, killing at least five civilians, the Observatory said.
The organisation also reported that government troops shot a 19-year-old protester in the head and wounded three others as demonstrators protested in the New Aleppo district.
Also on Friday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Syrian soldiers repelled an opposition attack on Aleppo's international airport.
The latest violence came as Britain promised the Syrian opposition 5 million pounds ($7.8 million) in assistance, including body armour and medical supplies, as well as satellite phones and radio equipment to "overcome the regime's communications blockade".
"In the absence of diplomatic progress, the UK will do much more," said Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday, noting that the aid will not include weapons.
His announcement follows the deaths of at least 191 people across Syria on Thursday, including 107 civilians.