Fierce fighting continues in Aleppo

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Al Arabiya has heard from residents in Syria's second city of Aleppo, while taking a closer look into the situation and turmoil that has engulfed Syria.

Alia Ibrahim senior correspondent speaks to residents on their experiences and their thoughts on the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Aleppo's infrastructure, now in ruins, displays the destruction of the commercial city following the crackdown on protestors by the Assad regime’s security forces.

Clashes between the Free Syrian Army and government forces are ongoing, with the exchange of gunfire and missile attacks.

“The number of Free Syrian Army members in Aleppo, is sufficient to fight against the regime’s army. Ammunition is provided by private sources, or are from the regime’s army remnants,” says an Aleppo resident.

The attacks have damaged schools, homes and markets leaving them in ruins forcing many residents to leave the city to seek shelter either across the border or in other Syrian towns.

More than 23,000 people have been killed in violence in Syria since the outbreak of a revolt in March last year, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The civilian toll includes those who have taken up arms against the regime.

The conflict became even bloodier after fierce fighting erupted in Damascus and Aleppo in July.

However, it is impossible to independently verify death counts out of Syria, and the U.N. has stopped keeping its own toll.