As the battle for Aleppo intensifies, rebel forces are said to have turned a captured tank towards a military airbase 35km north of Aleppo.
The base is believed to be a staging area for army reinforcements. Rebels were said to be firing Thursday morning on the base which they claim is sending helicopters to bombard the city.
Commentators are saying that the Syrian conflict could be decided in Aleppo. Thousands of residents have already fled Syria’s second largest city, and mobile phone connections have been down since Wednesday.
The government is stepping up its efforts to quash the rebels and have bombarded the strategic rebel stronghold in the Saleheddine district.
Meanwhile the capital, Damascus remains largely under government control. However, allegations have emerged of atrocities committed by Assad’s troops on Wednesday, with around 35 deaths reported.
In an area that has experienced intense fighting, UN observers went to assess the damage. Local residents have spoken of a lack of water, gas and food. They were heard saying, “We can’t move here, there aren’t any schools, there are no bakeries, there’s no bread.”
As the situation in Syria deteriorates it has emerged that a secret document signed by US President Barack Obama has authorised support for the rebels.