At least 180 killed in Syria as Russia says its 'not thinking about asylum for Assad'
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At least 180 killed in Syria as Russia says its 'not thinking about asylum for Assad'

Aleppo : Syria | Jul 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM PDT
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The Syrian Revolution Council reported on Saturday that at least 180, including 21 children, were killed by forces loyal to the Butcher of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, Al Arabiya news reported.

However, the international community is worried that the battle of Aleppo will result in massacres of civilians.

Meanwhile, the pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper described the military operation in the city of Aleppo as the “mother of the battles," adding that fierce clashes are taking place between Syrian army and outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists there.

According to Al-Watan newspaper, armed terrorists are using advanced European and Turkish arms in bid to control Aleppo and then announce the city a secured area.

On Saturday, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed on Saturday foreign reports that Russia is prepared to grant asylum to Assad.

"We have said more than once publicly that we are not even thinking about this," Lavrov said.

"There is no agreement, no thought about this issue," Lavrov added

Also on Saturday, in an unexpected development, the Russian RIA Novosti news agency reported that the Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy Radio that the Russian Navy is on standby to evacuate its personnel from its base in Tartus on the Syrian coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

It is worth mentioning that the Tartus Navy base was first established in the 1970s and is used for repair and refueling of Russian military vessels in the Mediterranean.

On the other hand, Turkish media quoted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Friday that the international community should do something about the worsening situation in Aleppo and Damascus' threat to use its arsenal of chemical arms in case of foreign aggression.

"There are reinforcements of the Syrian army in Aleppo, and recent statements on the use of weapons of mass destruction are the elements to which we cannot remain mere observers or spectators.

More as it becomes available.

Source: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/29/228958.html

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