July 30th, 2012
05:04 AM ET

Syrian troops reportedly pound Aleppo; France vows to try to stop the massacre

The relentless and bloody battle for Syria's largest city raged on Monday, with regime forces launching missiles and shelling from attack helicopters, opposition activists said.

The reports of terror after more than a week of clashes between regime and rebel fighters, both of which are trying to secure the commercial and cultural hub of Aleppo.

The city has seen a mass exodus amid the violence. About 200,000 people in and around Aleppo have fled shelling and heavy weapon fire in the past two days, Valerie Amos, the U.N.'s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said Sunday.

With no end to the country's 16-month crisis in sight, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country will take more action to try to stop the bloodshed.

"As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask - before the end of the week - for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level ... to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition," Fabius told French RTL radio on Monday.


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  1. Air Bender

    The peoples of the Fire Kingdom wish to stifle the avatar student while he can only bend air. They do not wish lifestyles of the Avatar for themselves or for their own children.
    Kill the Messenger.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Both R wrong

    Both the establisnment and those whom wish to change it perpetuate badness and war. Only those who understand this truth and have no part in it can see this same old drama being played-out in Syria as throughought history in countless nations of man.
    Those who revel and others wallow in this 'female mud wresting' America has become would be lost without war...skinny w/o starvation of others.
    WIthout War, what would your Pentagon or Boeing retirement account look like, for examples of 50 million such.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. KhmerNY

    Bravo France! Where were you when your former colony Cambodia/Cambodge was invaded and butchered by Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot regime? 3 million people killed over three years in Cambodia, and you ignored it. We as Khmers or Cambodians are so glad to drop your language Francaise to learn English. Those White Muslim will pay you back in no time! Bon Chance!

    July 30, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      We were out because you wanted us out. Now if you prefere to speak english than french , that's your buziness this way you can't never ever imigrate in France and I'am glad for that.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. francois2012


    July 30, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Space Jam

    Why don't they leave them alone?

    July 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Flavor Flav

    Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh booooooooooyyyyy!!

    July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |

    The war movie. news flic. is monitored by a well groomed. painted face. and stylishly and expensively dressed monitor, his scropt unsern is also being monitored by othets that cann speak in real voices if he screws up.
    Even his body movements have been carefully choreographed. and the timing of map and movement of hands eyes lips and body mesh perfectly, a battle of spin is taking place.
    The slick and high tech maps with overlays of city names. arrows pointing to past battles and future ones.
    The pictures of weaponry depend upon size of. war and if it is our popular war. or the need to drpict bad guys.
    when the nice man gets done his report. or as in Fox News's Buxom Boobs For Blondes. a break is called to pay for their performances. and they smile into fade away.
    I wonder often how much blood is under the pointing artows and who is throwing those arrows on those high tech maps.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. james ainoris

    They may be concerned about some of the chemical and bio weapons they (as well as other european countries) sold to Iraq are there and maniacs will use them. Remmember the hudreds of trucks leavin Iraq going to syria before last Iraq war? While inspectors searched in vein for wmd it was being moved out of Iraq... Bush waited 14months to go in while it was being moved...why? what other countries sold this to them and possibly Ira? It is illeagal to mfg or use them as per US and UN law... check out the german company that made zyclon b (used in holocaust gas chambers) sold alot to arabs... france is implicated also but I do not know much specifics... why are these companies still allowed to make this stuff.? I was told they call it "insecticide" to get away with it..German people should demand a law to stop mfg'g this evil stuff. Todays Germany is a good country. These companies profit from death chemicals...again... Shalom james ainoris

    July 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |

    @lobster boy:

    Lobsters are bottom feeders. the dead and rotten is what they eat and live upon.

    A lobster turns red after bring boiled in water; while a humans neck turns red after being embroiled in hatred and ignorance.

    Have nevet met a redneck Frenchmen, but they must surely exist as every land has racial bigots, and. in my youth I admit to discrimination of french nationals. For some reason the educated no matter their skin complection. long haired slim built blue eyed ladies always were more attractive than the rest of French people, and I never inquired if they had African heritage.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @ james ainoris
    Its no secret that US supplied chemical weapons to Saddam during the Iraq-Iran war. Don't just blame the Europeans. Us and Israel hog the weapons market too.
    Its also no longer a secret that Saddam invaded Kuwait with a nod from us. Read the story of Ambassador April Gilaspi the then ambassoador ( now disappeared). nd that's how all this M.E invasion/military intervention scenario on the drawing board for some time, developed.

    July 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    This blood shed was in the wings waiting to happen as the powers in play in the region continued there efforts to stir up trouble.
    Now we shall 'have to' intervene overtly to bring 'democracy' to Syria.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Miller

    And some PPL wonder why on Earth would so many Americans want Semiauto, hi capacity weapons, at the very least. Maybe it's because some of us remember the news broadcasts of the Checs throwing rocks at the Soviet Tanks as they rolled through their country, because they were not allowed to have guns. I remember seeing the faces of them, helpless, running, dieing. Oh, that's right, it couldn't POSSIBLY happen here, not in a thousand years.....BULL. I also remember my Father pointing at the TV saying, this is what happens, over and over throughout History..... and nobody learns untill it's too late. Maybe U don't want to go to the trouble or danger of owning and learning how to keep and bare Arms. That's your choice. I have determined that I do and will continue to be able to defend my Family, Friends and Community if the need ever comes.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Can't happen here, it has happened here in states multiple times; Ask those who survived a massacre in the coal fields, union workers and the railroad strikers whose guns they faced.
    The whimp Clinton let Janet Renotake the blame for using US military at Waco Texas, and remember he was the Commander in Chief.
    Your nice government has experimented upon Ametican people from chemicals to halucinogenics and flu virus all without letting public know.
    WWI soldiers were peacefully demonstrating for their promised war bonus and Gen McCarther gave them clubs and bullets.
    Can't happen here?
    You are like sheep, but at least they have the excuse of being no more than flocks of fur and mutton.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hope

    Everyone's a critic... brave heroes;

    But, do we have the strength to say, I did my best?

    I didn't think so.

    What if the tables were turned?


    July 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |