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article imageMore clashes in Syria's commercial hub Aleppo

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By Paul Iddon     Jul 31, 2012 in World
More attacks and clashes between government forces in Aleppo as the army continues its offensive against the rebel forces present there.
This is the fourth day of the offensive and reports from BBC News, Reuters and Khaleej Times among others these clashes are causing thousands of residents in the city to flee their homes.
Syrian state television is stating that government are crushing "terrorist groups" in Aleppo and continues to assert that the government is prevailing in battle in the city of Homs.
Aleppo has previously been spared the intense bloodshed seen in Homs and Damascus since the uprising began until intense violence began in the key city earlier this month.
The Syrian military is using heavy weaponry such as artillery and helicopter gunships to bombard neighbourhoods where the rebels are taking shelter or operating in.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has criticized and expressed concern over the regimes use of heavy weaponry and the continued fighting urging both sides to adhere to the unobserved Kofi Annan peace plan He said that "more than 2 million people have been affected by the fighting in a country of 22 million," and that "more fighting is not the answer."
The Syrian state-controlled al-Watan newspaper accused Turkey and the United states of preparing to create "a safe haven guarded by the armed gangs," in the northern city. It also stated that "any attack on Syrian territory will meet with a harsh response, and the Iranian-Syrian mutual defence agreement will be activated."
This was a clear reference to the alliance that exists between the present Syrian regime and the regime in Tehran.
Turkey has also stated that it will use troops if need to be in order to prevent another Halabja, a reference to Saddam Hussein's gassing of 5,000 Iraqi Kurds in the infamous 1988 attack on that village.
So far an estimated 1,000,000 Syrians have been displaced by the fighting, 20,000 killed, 44.188 have fled to neighbouring Turkey as refugees to escape the fighting, similarly 36,824 have went to Jordan, 32,796 to Lebanon and 8,445 to Iraq.
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