Violence rages in Syria amid calls to end bloodshed

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Syrian government troops fought opposition fighters on several fronts Wednesday (September 5th) as calls mounted to put an end to the bloodshed in the country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens were killed nationwide on Wednesday, including at least 28 civilians and six opposition fighters.

Syrian fighter jets bombed opposition fighters in Aleppo before dawn while Syrian ground forces shelled the same areas, killing at least 30 people, including seven children.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sharply criticised the UN Security Council's "paralysis" on Syria on Wednesday, stressing the urgent need for "action by influential governments to find a political solution".

Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, said on Tuesday the death toll in the country was "staggering" and the destruction "catastrophic".

Brahimi also warned that the situation across Syria was "deteriorating steadily".

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sharply criticized the Assad regime on Wednesday.

"Syria is not an ordinary country to us," Erdogan said. "We do not have the luxury to remain indifferent to what's happening there."

Assad also came under fresh attack from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who told a meeting of Arab League ministers in Cairo that it was time for the Syrian regime to step down.

"I tell the Syrian regime there is still a chance to end the bloodshed. Now is the time for change," Morsi said.

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