Syria: “Israel is the mastermind of all in this crisis”
The Syrian regime has accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country and vowed it will defeat rebels who have captured large swathes of the commercial hub Aleppo.
Military forces in Aleppo fired tank and artillery shells at neighbourhoods as rebels tried to repel the government air and ground assault.
According to activists, rebels who launched an operation to take over Syria’s largest city a week ago are estimated to control between a third and half of Aleppo’s neighbourhoods.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, on a visit to Iran, criticised Sunni powers in the Middle East, saying Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are supporting a plot hatched by Israel to destroy Syria. The three countries have all been backing rebels trying to overthrow authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Israel is the mastermind of all in this crisis,” Moallem told a joint news conference in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.
“They (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey) are fighting in the same front.”
The battle for Aleppo, once a bastion of support for Assad’s regime, is critical for both the regime and the opposition.
Its fall would be a major blow to Assad, giving the opposition a major strategic victory with a new stronghold in the north.
Sunday’s bombardment was part of a government counter-offensive to retake control of districts that had fallen into rebel hands last week at the beginning of their bid to capture Aleppo.
they know what is going down..and they have named names..also..dont believe the stories coming out aleppo..its far from an FSA bastion..and will be back in the regimes control soon..they are trying to make aleppo the benghazi of syria..