Regime gangs loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad damaged a World Heritage site in the old city of Aleppo as fighting raged in several districts of Aleppo, where the Free Syrian Army fighters on Thursday launched on an all-out campaign to capture the city. This city has been the scene of some of Syria's fiercest violence since July 20, activists speaking via Skype told Al Arabiya news.
Reports say a massive fire has destroyed the bazaar of Suk al-Madina; 700 to 1,000 shops were destroyed by the flames.
According to eyewitnesses, fighting is raging in the city’s oldest part, with Shabiha bringing the shops and homes of residents under mortar fire.
"The situation here is very bad, especially in the al-Amiriyeh and Tal al-Zarazir districts. The regime is executing many men summarily over there," the witness added.
Furthermore, BBC news reported that a fire started on the medieval market protected by UNESCO, situated in the old city of Aleppo on Friday and that it is still raging. The fire began as a result of a gun battle during which both sides used mine-throwers and automatic rifles.
However, Aleppo’s old city is one of several locations in Syria, declared World hHeritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting and plundering from international mafia. According to UNESCO, Syria has some 10,000 historical sites.
Syria's regime SANA news said, that the government is targeting and killing what it describes as terrorists in Aleppo.
According to SANA, Scores of armed men were killed in Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Masakin Hanano, Lutfi, Khan al-Asal, Arkub, Azzizia and Firdous, on Saturday .
SANA also claimed that, a commander of the Free Syrian Army killed by his own men in Daraa after they got into a bitter dispute with him over the distribution of stolen property and the money they received from abroad. This information could not be confirmed by independent sources, due to restrictions imposed on the press by the Syrian authorities.
Elsewhere, bombing and clashes were reported in Deraa, Homs and Hama in the center and in Idlib in northwest of Syria. In Deir Ezzor, four people were killed in air strike. The Syrian Observatory fro Human Rights says violence across Syria, killed at least 118 people on Saturday 48 civilians, 41 soldiers and 29 Free Syrian Army fighters, SOHR said, adding to its toll over 30,000 killed since an anti-regime uprising erupted in mid- March 2011.
Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Contact Group on Syria on Friday in New York, U.S. Secretary of State announced that Washington will step up its humanitarian aid for Syria's rebels by $30 million U.S. dollars, bringing the U.S. commitment to humanitarian funding to more than $132 million.
Clinton also unveiled an extra $15 million to support Syrian civilian opposition groups, bringing total support to the unarmed opposition to some $45 million.
Earlier, a State Department official revealed that just this week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) managed to get enough medical supplies across the border and into southern Syria to treat some 27,000 people.
It's scorched earth policy, which Assad's criminal regime knows very well how to implement with shabiha gangs. The Syrian regime burns the most popular tourist areas in Aleppo, despite knowing very well that it is impossible that any fight happens inside the market with the Free Syrian Army. However, the regime is madly taking revenge on everything, even the historical property of Syria, after he stole the country's money.
The Free Syrian Army will fight outside of the market where there is great potential to hide from snipers, while within the market, it is easy to be caught and killed.
The battle in Aleppo is still going on and will certainly get stronger if the regime felt that Assad may start to lose control after the fall of a number of his military sites. The important sites of the regime are in the hands of the Free Syrian Army.
Thank you America for this support, but Syrian people would have preferred the military support, and not medical and humanitarian aid only.
This support will not exempt America from its responsibility towards the international community to save the people being slaughtered every day with cold blood.