Syrian Army's Fight With Rebels Moves Into Aleppo; Rebels Loose Foothold On Damascus
As rebels and members of the Free Syria Army being to run out of ammunition, weapons and supplies, government forces and the Syrian Army crushed the last foothold rebels had in Damascus and launched an attack on Aleppo, Syria's largest city.
Saturday, the Syrian Army began its push into Aleppo with fighting happening among other places, next to Aleppo's television and radio station as a rebel commander said they are bracing for a "strong offensive" by government forces.
Syrian is in its 17th month of fighting in what is now a civil war as rebels and opposition groups fight to remove Bashar al-Assad from power that his family has had for over 40 years. Originally protestors were peaceful as the Arab Spring movement hit Syria, demanding only reforms by the Assad government. But Assad met the protestors will violence, attempting to crush them, with the United Nations estimating 12,000 civilians have been killed in all so far.
United Nations member states voted overwhelmingly to condemn Bashar al-Assad and his government during a special session of the U.N. General Assembly. Only Russia and China, both having veto powers, have resisted and continued to support the Assad government arguing outside interference is making the violence continue longer.
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, who is quitting as international peace envoy for Syria, said in a commentary on Thursday Assad should step down, urging Syria allies Russia, China and Iran to persuade him to embrace political transition.
"The Free Syria Army pushed from Salaheddine to al-Adhamiya where they clashed this morning with Syrian troops. But they had to retreat," activist Barraa al-Halabi told Reuters.
Meanwhile, sniper fire continues, with children being the most obvious and visual targets, as they are seemingly plucked out of groups of civilians. The move seems to be a tactic government forces are using in hopes of putting fear in the population and quelling the uprising, but so far, that has not worked said Dan Annbuet, a defense and security consultant for Israel.