1. More than 1,300 Syrian flee to Turkey as fighting spreads to new areas in key city of Aleppo
More than 1,300 Syrian flee to Turkey as fighting spreads to new areas in key city of Aleppo
By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 9:07 AM
KILIS, Turkey ó More than 1,300 Syrians fled to Turkey overnight to escape the civil war as rebels tried to expand their hold inside Syriaís largest city despite two weeks of withering counterattacks by President Bashar Assadís troops.
Assad, meanwhile, met in Damascus with an envoy from key ally Iran and was quoted by Syrian official media as vowing to fight on.
Heavily armed government troops have been steadily shelling rebel-controlled parts of Aleppo, particularly Salaheddine and other districts on the southwestern edge of the strategic city.
Aleppo-based activists said clashes were going on Tuesday near the historic city center. That suggests the rebels were making some inroads in Aleppo, which lies some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Turkish border.