Syrian rebel forces claim to have fought off an army offensive around the district of Salaheddin in the second city of Aleppo.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the area has seen another day of heavy fighting despite claims by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad that they’ve recaptured the area. The streets of rebel-held neighbourhoods are littered with burnt out tanks and overturned vehicles. The Free Syrian Army is manning checkpoints after gaining control of several parts of the city. UN humanitarian teams estimate that at least 200,000 people have fled Aleppo in the past few days. Meanwhile, a Canadian woman claims to have travelled to Aleppo to join the Free Syrian Army. In an interview with Turkish state TV, she says she’s a civil engineer, has her own company in Canada and is married with two children. “When the revolution started, it stirred up a lot of emotions for me,” said Thwaiba Kanafani. Jordan’s first refugee camp has begun admitting those fleeing the violence in Syria. As many as 500 people arrived by coach at the site near the border town of Mafraq on Sunday. Jordan estimates that more than 140,000 Syrians have crossed its border since the uprising began. Officials in Amman are planning several camps, managed by the United Nations refugee agency. But many people have refused to travel to the desert locations, saying they would prefer to return to Syria.