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A month on, rebels still hold out in Aleppo

Fighting raged in Aleppo Monday as rebels resisted a regime onslaught launched in the northern city a month ago, amid warnings by new peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi of full-out civil war in Syria.

world Updated: Aug 20, 2012 23:41 IST

Fighting raged in Aleppo Monday as rebels resisted a regime onslaught launched in the northern city a month ago, amid warnings by new peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi of full-out civil war in Syria.

President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance with top officials for Eid prayers at a Damascus mosque on Sunday, while demonstrators took to the streets.

“Eid is here, Eid is here, God curse you, O Bashar,” protesters in Qudsaya in Damascus province sang to the tune of Jingle Bells, according to amateur video posted on YouTube.


UN monitors pull out
UN observers wound up their troubled mission at midnight on Sunday in the face of the escalating violence and a failure by world powers to agree on how to tackle Assad and bring about peace to the strategically vital Middle East state.

Turkey calls for safe zone

The UN may need to create a “safe zone” in Syria to accommodate a growing number of refugees from the fighting there, Turkey's foreign
minister was quoted as saying on Monday.
Turkey, already hosting nearly 70,000 Syrians fleeing the 17-month-old revolt against Assad, may soon be unable to cope, Ahmet Davutoglu told the Hurriyet newspaper.
“If the number of refugees surpasses 100,000, we will run out of space to accommodate them.” Reuters