Assad's forces attack rebel-held districts in Aleppo

Next to Damascus, Aleppo is the second most important city in Syria. It is the largest city in the country and a vital commercial hub. Two days ago, the rebels seized two key districts in the city and today, the army counterattacked trying to dislodge them. Reuters: Activists in Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and a northern commercial hub, said hundreds of families were fleeing residential districts after the military swept into the Saladin district, which had been in rebel hands for two days. Fighting was also reported in the densely-populated, poor neighborhood of al-Sakhour. "The sound of bombardment has been non-stop since last night. For the first time we feel Aleppo has turned into a battle zone," a housewife said by phone from the city. An escalation in the fighting in Aleppo would prove another challenge to Assad, still reeling from the assassination of four of his top security officials and a six-day attack on the capital which rebels have named "Damascus ...(Read Full Post)