08/04/2012, 00.00
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Army takes Damascus, battle for Aleppo rages

Sporadic fighting in Tadamon and Dumar. Bombardments with artillery and helicopters in the country's economic capital. The UN General Assembly passes a non-binding resolution that criticizes Syria and the Security Council.

Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - As of yesterday evening, the Syrian army has entered the district Tadamon, previously dominated by insurgents, taking control of the entire capital, even if here and there , sporadic gun fire is still reported. Meanwhile there is constant armed clashes in many areas of Aleppo, the economic capital of the country.

According to activists, thousands of Syrian soldiers have manned control  and searching the Tadamon neighbourhood house by house. But there are also explosions in the neighbourhood of Dumar and in the centre of the capital.

Overnight government troops bombed the areas of Aleppo patrolled by the rebels with artillery and helicopter gunships.

Yesterday the UN General Assembly condemned the violence of the Syrian government and especially the inaction of the UN Security Council. The resolution, passed by 133 votes in favour, 12 against and 31 abstentions, was presented by Saudi Arabia, deeply involved in supporting the anti-Assad rebels.

Although there is no names, the resolution - which is not binding - criticises Russia and China as having blocked joint action against the Assad government.

Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN, in turn criticized the resolution as partisan and in support of the armed opposition.

The presentation of the resolution was decided after the resignation of Kofi Annan from the post of UN envoy for the peace process in Syria.


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