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Deadly fighting grips Syria as UN ends mission

Published on Aug 20, 2012 8:06 PM
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A rebel fighter at a gate in the old city of Aleppo on Aug 18, 2012. Deadly fighting rocked the Syrian city at the heart of the uprising on Monday as rebels doggedly resisted a regime onslaught launched in key northern hub of Aleppo a month ago. -- PHOTO: AFP

ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) - Deadly fighting rocked the Syrian city at the heart of the uprising on Monday as rebels doggedly resisted a regime onslaught launched in key northern hub of Aleppo a month ago, activists said.

At least 32 people were killed, including two children in shelling in Daraa, the birthplace of the revolution, a watchdog said, as the United Nations brought an end to its troubled observer mission in the country.

New international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who has said he is not confident of being able to restore peace, warned on Sunday that it was now a matter of ending rather than avoiding a civil war after 17 months of bloodshed.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported continued fighting Monday on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It said clashes erupted between rebels and government troops in the southern city of Daraa after several areas were shelled, killing 15 people, including two children.

 
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