Syrian troops regain control of key district in Aleppo
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Syria’s private TV Al-Ekhbaria reported Wednesday that the Syrian army has regained control of Selaheddien, a key district in Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo.
The TV said the troops reached the district’s main square, killing most of the rebels there while a rebel militant told media that they have withdrawn from Selaheddine. The checkpoints manned by rebel fighters for the last week had disappeared.
In another development, Jordan’s state news agency Petra reported that former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab arrived in Jordan on Wednesday. Hijab entered Jordan along with some of his family members, Jordanian government spokesman Samih Maayyah was quoted as saying. Hijab was reportedly sacked and defected Monday.
Turkey’s news agency Anadolu reported Wednesday that some 2400 people crossed into Turkey to escape the escalating violence in Syria, raising the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to 50,000.