July 31, 2012

Syria’s most populous city remained engulfed by fighting Tuesday as opposition groups reported incremental rebel gains and the United Nations said civilian displacement rose.

Fighters attacked Syrian police stations in the central neighborhoods of Salhin and Bab al-Nayrab, and seized control of the buildings after hours of clashes, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

At least 40 police officers died in the violence, the observatory said. Deama, an activist who asked that her full name not be used for her protection, said Salhin has been the center of many “aggressive operations by the police and Shabiha militia.”

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