Battle will decide fate of the nation: Assad

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 14:50

Zeenews Bureau

Syria: As the battle between the Syrian government forces and rebels rages across Syria, President Basher al-Assad on Wednesday stated that the conflict will decide the fate of the nation, according to a BBC report.

The written statement was made by the Syrian President to mark the Armed forces day. It further read, "The fate of our people and our nation, past, present and future, depends on this battle."

Assad’s statement came amidst fighting that has been taking place in Damascus and Aleppo. Thousands of civilians have fled the area fearing for their own safety.

For the first time, clashes were reported in the Old City of Damascus close to two Christian areas.

Amidst heavy firing and gunshots, several in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo have escaped but many are trapped as they find it “dangerous” to flee the city, a UN official said.

Thousands in Aleppo have been compelled to seek refuge in schools, mosques and public buildings, but there are others who haven`t fled the city as they haven`t had the means, said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Aleppo, a city inhabited by 2.5 millions, has been mired in a severe conflict for a week now, and UN figures suggest a total of 15,000 to 18,000 have been displaced.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 14:50

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