Syrian, Jordanian troops clash on border + Related Articles
Fighting involving armored vehicles broke out Friday night between Jordanian and Syrian troops in a border region, Reuters reports, citing Jordanian sources and an unnamed Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the incident.
The firefight in the Tel Shihab-Turra border area reportedly came after several Syrian refugees, fleeing the violence, tried to cross into neighboring Jordan.
Syria – Aleppo rebels on the retreat
fter flushing rebels out of central Aleppo, Syrian government troops have launched an offensive on rebel-held pockets in the east and northeast of Syria’s commercial capital.
Local people have been greeting the soldiers as liberators. Heavy house-to-house fighting continues in several areas.
In Damascus, meanwhile, Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal Mekdad has met with representatives from international aid agencies to discuss ways to bring food, water and medicines to Syrian civilians caught up in the fighting.
Number of Syrian refugees growing
The number of Syrian refugees officially registered in the neighbouring countries has reached 146,700.
This information was made public by a UN spokesman on August 10.
He says that in Turkey alone the number of refugees who have been accommodated in 9 camps exceeds 50,000.
The Turkish authorities say that their number is growing and that there are plans to set up another 13 camps in the country.
The UN spokesman does not believe that the official statistics concerning the number of officially registered Syrian refugees reflects the real situation.
He says that their number may top 200,000.
Aleppo liberated by government troops
The Syrian ‘northern capital’ Aleppo, where fierce battles between the army and the armed opposition troops have been going on since the end of July, has changed hands.
The government troops entered the central part of the city on Thursday. Special mission units are searching through the old districts adjoining the medieval fortress towering over Aleppo.
The rebels’ command had to confirm their surrender.
According to a local news agency, the residents of Aleppo are welcoming the army and expressing their gratitude for defending them from gangs of militants.
Aug 10, 2012
Britain offers new non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels
Britain has offered aid worth 5 million pounds, or 780 million dollars, to Syria’s opposition forces.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday that the aid will not include weapons. He said the money would address the Syrian people’s need for urgent help.
Hague confirmed that the funds would pay for medical supplies and communications equipment, including mobile and satellite phones.
He stressed that the aid will be non-lethal. Some opposition forces have been accused of committing inhumane acts.
The foreign secretary also conveyed his irritation over division among Syria’s opposition forces. He said Britain should be careful about who to help after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is deposed.
Britain has previously given more than 27 million pounds in humanitarian aid to Syria.
Aug. 10, 2012