The latest from Al Jazeera:
Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood where some of the heaviest of this week’s fighting in the capital left cars gutted and fighters’ bodies in the streets. More than 300 people were killed in a single day, activists said on Friday, as the military struggles to regain momentum after a stunning bombing against the regime’s leadership. A fourth member of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle, national security chief General Hisham Ikhtiyar, died of wounds he suffered in Wednesday’s bomb blast…
And more from the Guardian:
With the situation changing by the hour, the government’s control over large parts of the country continued to unravel. The [Free Syrian Army] said it had captured two border crossings between Syria and Turkey as well as one in Iraq. The regime still holds key cities, at least during the day, but it appears increasingly vulnerable to guerilla raids. … The UN refugee agency said record numbers were now trying to escape the country with some 30,000 Syrians said to have fled into neighbouring Lebanon over the past 48 hours. Residents have reported that some banks were running out of cash, with queues for bread and other foodstuffs seen as Ramadan gets underway.
Unrest has also reached Aleppo, which until this week had been relatively free of violence:
Distant sounds of explosions and firearms heard in central Aleppo now. Meanwhile, streets, shops, cafes are crowded! #Aleppo #Syria — Fadi Salem (@FadiSalem) July 20, 2012
Lastly, a video purportedly shot in Tafas – placed after the jump because of its graphic nature – shows the aftermath of shelling that struck a car and killed the family inside: