Hundreds of shops were burning in the ancient covered market of the Old City of Aleppo as deadly fighting between freedom fighters and Assad's gangs in Syria's largest city threatened to destroy the UNESCO world heritage site.
At least 41 Muslims were massacred by Alawites across Syria on Saturday. The dead included eight people executed by Aklawite security forces and Shabiha militias in the Damascus suburb of Qudsaya. Others were also killed and injured during air strikes and shelling in Aleppo, Deraa, Deir al-Zour, Homs, Idlib and Latakia.
Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army announced its control over an army barracks in eastern Deraa.
Heavy clashes were reported at Bab Antakya, a stone gateway to Aleppo's Old City, which sits on ancient trade routes and has survived a parade of rulers throughout its construction between the 12th and 17th century. Finally, freedom fighters took control of the gate.