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Friday, July 27, 2012

Syrian Helicopters Fire on Aleppo as Army Prepares for Possible Assault

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian Army helicopters fired on neighborhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on Friday morning, activists said, killing at least a dozen people amid increased international alarm about the prospects of bloody siege by the government.

Residents reported dwindling supplies of fuel and bread, and a tightening ring of military control. A senior rebel commander said that he had seen about 80 Syrian government tanks on the city’s southern outskirts on Friday. “They are preparing to reoccupy neighborhoods taken over by the rebels,” said the commander, Lt. Malek al-Kurdi, reached by telephone in Syria. “They need a huge force.”

Also on Friday, the top United Nations human rights official, Navi Pillay, warning of an “imminent confrontation” in Aleppo, said she had received unconfirmed reports of atrocities as the fighting escalated. Read More