The opposition Syrian National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change has called for dialogue with the government to find a solution to the months-long unrest in the country, Press TV reports. The committee, headed by Hassan Abdulazim, issued a statement in a press conference in Damascus on Tuesday, calling for a ceasefire between the security forces and the foreign-sponsored insurgents. Meanwhile, fighting continues between the Syrian army and the insurgents in the northwestern city of Aleppo. The government troops have inflicted heavy losses on the insurgents in several neighborhoods of Aleppo over the past days.
On August 14, Syrian Deputy Health Minister Ma’moun al-Zoubi was assassinated in the southwestern city of Dara’a.Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria in March 2011. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation. HSN/PKH/HJL