July 30 - Aleppo residents say food is scarce as Syrian government troops claim to recapture a district in the conflict-torn city. Travis Brecher reports.
Syrians in the contested city of Aleppo queue for food on Sunday, in a line controlled by government troops. The past days have seen the beginning of a large-scale face-off between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. On the ground, Aleppo residents say food is scarce. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED ALEPPO RESIDENT, SAYING: "Thanks to God we have at least a few things given to us by these guys. We find some of our own food. And we get bread here." But shortages aren't the biggest problem. At one hospital alone, doctors say they are treating dozens of wounded each day. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEDIC, ABDUSAMEA AL-AHMAD, SAYING: "Some days we get 30, 40, 50 wounded people and that's not included the corpses or the body parts." Forces loyal to Assad said they had recaptured the district of Salaheddine after heavy fighting with rebels, who still control much of Syria's biggest city. But rebel fighters said they were holding off government troops. Reuters journalists were unable to approach the district after nightfall on Sunday to verify whether rebels had been pushed out. The government has dubbed the fight for Syria's commercial hub "the mother of all battles". Travis Brecher, Reuters