US warns of possible massacre in Syrian city

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Associated Press

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is warning of a possible Syrian massacre in the city of Aleppo.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. has "grave concerns" about tanks and fighter jets being used in a densely populated city.

She says thousands of people are spilling out of Aleppo and calls the onslaught a "desperate" attempt by a government losing control of its country.

Rebels who've been fighting for six days in Syria's commercial capital of 3 million people are bracing themselves amid reports the government is massing reinforcements to retake the city. They are reporting artillery strikes and strafing by attack helicopters and fighter jets.

Nuland said: "The concern is that we will see a massacre in Aleppo, and that's what the regime appears to be lining up for."

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