The fighting in Syria is getting worse by the day says the UN’s international peace envoy, with the latest pictures from Aleppo showing the intensity of the street fighting there.
The Syrian airforce has again been bombarding urban areas. Observers say another 50 people died on Monday, and over 33,000 have now perished in the 20-month uprising.
Rebel units now appear to be striking harder, and have gained experience, pressing the army hard.
One other casualty has been Aleppo’s great mosque, an 8th-century-wonder revered in the Muslim world, but now badly damaged.
The UN’s Lakhdar Brahimi, in Iraq after a visit to Iran, is seeking regional help in brokering a ceasefire for the Islamic holiday of al-Eid at the end of this month. He hopes it could create an oasis of a few days which “would allow a political process to develop.”
The suggestion was made on the Iranian leg of his latest shuttle, and for the moment has been taken up by neither side. An April ceasefire that fell apart after a few days led to Brahimi’s predecessor Kofi Annan resigning.