Thursday, July 26, 2012

ALEPPO SHOWDOWN IN GOOGLE SKETCHUP

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BATTLE FOR ALEPPO 2012: AL FARDOS

2012: THE BATTLE FOR ALEPPO

CURRENT ACTIVITY BY DISTRICT:

The Guardian (July 24) :

"The battle in Aleppo has spread from neighborhoods in the northeast and southwest of the city to previously untouched areas like Firdous in the south and Arkoub closer to the center, local activists and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said."


"A rebel group in Aleppo, calling itself General Unity, has claimed control of four districts in the city, writes Rima Cherri.
Speaking via Skype from Aleppo its spokesman, Basheer Al Hejjie, told the Guardian:
General Unity was established for the purpose of liberating Aleppo. We have successfully taken control of Saladin, al-Hadeed, al-Sakhour, and al-Shaaar. "
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New York Times  (July 26):

" Most of the clashes that have paralyzed Aleppo in recent days have taken place in the poorer, eastern parts, where a host of informal neighborhoods have sprung up in recent years. Populated mainly by Sunni Muslims arriving from rural areas, residents are sympathetic to the fighters, offering them meals to break the Ramadan fast and other support. There have also been clashes near the city’s historic center, which the United Nations designated a world heritage site. "

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frontenacthisweek (July 26):

“There was shelling this morning on the Salaheddine and Mashhad districts,” said Aleppo activist Abu Hisham. “Now it has stopped, but helicopters are buzzing overhead.”

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sbs.com.au (July 27):

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Rebels also brought in reinforcements, with the source estimating that between 1500 and 2000 opposition fighters had arrived from outside Syria's most populous city to reinforce some 2000 fighting inside Aleppo.
"They are mainly present in the southern and eastern suburbs of the city, mainly Salaheddin and nearby districts," he said.
The airport is cut off from the city, as four of the five roads leading to it are under rebel control, he said.
Rebels also said a regime assault appeared imminent.
"The army's reinforcements have arrived in Aleppo," Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), told AFP via Skype.
"We expect a major offensive at any time, specifically on areas across the southern belt, from east to west."
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Gulf Times (July 27):

"Okaidi added that some 100 tanks and a large number of military vehicles had arrived in Aleppo, the country’s commercial hub.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that regime forces pounded the Salaheddin neighbourhood in the south and Jazamati in the east."
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