Democracy Now: Syria Fighting Sets Off Massive Fire in Aleppo Market


In Syria, government forces have launched new attacks on eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus. Residents reported heavy shelling in a number of areas overnight. Fierce clashes in the city of Aleppo meanwhile set off a massive fire over the weekend in the city’s historic central market, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Speaking at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said it appears the Assad regime may be moving some of its chemical weapons stockpile around the country to safeguard from rebel attacks.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: “There has been some intelligence that that — with regards to some of these sites, that there has been some movement in order to — for the Syrians to better secure what they — the chemicals. And so, while there’s been some limited movement, again, the major sites still remain in place — still remain secure.”

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~ by wheresthemic on October 1, 2012.

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