Syrian Rebellion: Is Battle in Aleppo a Turning Point?

Civilians have been caught in crossfire as rebel forces try to hold neighborhoods they've captured.
1:27 | 07/31/12

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THIS HOUR, FROM INSIDE SYRIA. A BATTLE RAGING RIGHT NOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF THAT COUNTRY'S LARGEST CITY. HOME TO 3 MILLION PEOPLE. THOUSANDS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE IN THE CROSSFIRE OF WHAT COULD BE THE TURNING POINT IN THE REBELLION THAT'S CLAIMED SOME 20,000 LIVES. ABC'S ALEX MARQUARDT HAS MANAGED TO ENTER NORTHERN SYRIA TO BRING YOU A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT THIS MORNING. ALEX? Reporter: GOOD MORNING, AMY. EVERYTHING IS AT STAKE IN THIS FIGHT. IT COULD DETERMINE ONCE AND FOR ALL WHAT HAPPENS IN SYRIA. IN RUNNING STREET BATTLES, OPPOSITION FORCES ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO CLING ON TO NEIGHBORHOODS CAPTURED. HERE, A REBEL COMMANDER WAS SHOT. HIS FORCES LAID DOWN COVERING FIRE TO GET HIM OUT. BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. REGIME FORCES HAVE RELENTLESSLY SHELLED THE REBEL-HELD AREAS. CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. 8-YEAR-OLD MOHAMMED CRIES OUT AS HIS SHRAPNEL WOUNDS ARE CLEANED. NEARBY, HIS BROTHER LIES DEAD. FOOD IS IN DESPERATELY SHORT SUPPLY. LONG LINES OUTSIDE ONE OF THE BAKERIES IN TOWN. THESE ARE THOSE WHO STAYED. THOUSANDS HAVE FLED THE VIOLENCE THAT SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STOPPING. IT'S HARD TO SAY RIGHT NOW WHO IS WINNING. BOTH SIDES ARE CLAIMING THE UPPER HAND. BUT REBELS FROM ALL OVER THE REGION ARE HEADING TO JOIN IN THIS FIGHT. THEY COULD WIPE OUT ASSAD CONTROL OF NORTHERN SYRIA. AMY? THANK YOU. IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST BLACKOUTS THE WORLD HAS SEEN.

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