26 July Syria Update (by Sherifa Zuhur)
The death toll by the early evening was 145.
The SAA clashed with the FSA near the Commercial Bank in Aleppo, and in the neighborhoods of al-Firdaws and al-Ansari. This is the sixth day of fighting in Aleppo.
A major SAA assault on Aleppo is expected as 80 tanks are stationed outside of southern Aleppo, the SAA has been shelling by helicopter gunship and mortar, and the U.S. has warned of a bloodbath. The opposition in the area of Salaheddin said they plan to fight to the death. The FSA’s Ahmed Zaidan said the SAA was trying to send even more troops to Aleppo, but the FSA was trying to delay them by launching attacks or closing roads.
UNESCA urged the combatants to try not to damage historically-important sites
especially in Aleppo (some have been badly damaged in Homs and elsewhere already)
The FSA is holding al-Bab, about 20 miles east of Aleppo and flying the Free Syrian flag. An army garrison nearby has not capitulated, and the fighters in al-Bab have insufficient arms.
Clashes between the SAA and the FSA near the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in
the Qassiyun area of Damascus
The SAA shelled Homs and Idlib today.
The SAA shelled the area of Daraya near Damascus killing 7.
The SAA killed 16 civilians in the town of Yalda in Damascus province.
SAA has shelled the town of Tel Shehab in Dar`a province and at least 22 were killed.
The SAA shelled al-Khalidiyya and other areas in Homs.
The SAA and the opposition fought through the night in Aleppo. Both sides sent reinforcements in.
Clashes were reported in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus.
A meeting which excluded the SNC was held by the Catholic charity Sant’Egidio in Rome where 17 other dissident/opposition participants, all who were pacifists signed a joint appeal for a political solution to the conflict.
Bashar al-Assad has thanked the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un for supporting his cause.
Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree to establish specialized terrorism courts.
Ban Ki Moon warned the international community not to repeat the errors in Bosnia as he visited a memorial in Srebrenica where Muslims were massacred.
Russia’s navy is participating in a naval exercise in the Mediterranean near Syria, but said it would not dock its ships at Tartus.
In Paris, prosecutors opened an investigation into the activities of the French company Qosmos which has supplied the Syrian government with surveillance equipment.
Refugees: Have given daily #s of those who fled in these updates. Many are displaced within Syria, sleeping in the streets, not finding shelter or able to travel to the camps on the borders. 120,000 have registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, but the UNHCR said the total # is much higher and there are insufficient funds. The EU said three out of four refugees are women or children, fleeing with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.
300 people fled Syria into Turkey on Tuesday night.