1. SYRIA

    Violence Strikes Aleppo

    RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP - This citizen journalist image shows a dead body lying in the street in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in south Damascus, Syria, Saturday, July 21, 2012. This week, fierce fighting between troops and rebels reached the Syrian capital, the central bastion of Bashar Assad's rule, shattering parts of the city and sending thousands of people fleeing to neighboring Lebanon and Iraq. Activists and residents reported a tense calm in Damascus Saturday but said sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard throughout the night. (AP Photo)

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    Formerly an outpost of peace amid the Syrian uprising, Aleppo was the site of heavy clashes on Saturday. Government forces invaded the rebel-run city Saturday morning and started firing, according to residents. "The sound of bombardment has been nonstop since last night," one local mother told Reuters. "For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone." Rebels have been emboldened President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law. The whereabouts of Assad himself are unknown, and he did not attend the funerals. As the fight for Syria's future centers on one of its most important cities, hundreds of families have fled, say activists.

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