A Free Syrian Army soldier stands in front of a burnt car on a main street in Azaz, north Syria July 25, 2012. — Photo Reuters

BEIIRUT: Battles raged through the night and into Thursday in several districts of Syria's second city Aleppo, a monitoring group said, as activists reported clashes in the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus.

The battles in Aleppo followed a day of heavy fighting there and came after Syria's regime rushed reinforcements to the northern city, where rebels on July 20 launched an all-out assault for control of the country's commercial hub.

“There are clashes in the Muhafaza district and shelling on the Mushhad and Sheikh Badr neighbourhoods, which killed a child and injured seven people,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Aleppo's Salaheddin neighbourhood, scene of fierce fighting for days, was also bombarded by regime troops during the night, the group said.

Despite the fighting, there were “mass demonstrations in the Furqan, Ashrafiyeh and New Aleppo districts calling for the fall of the regime and the departure of President Bashar al-Assad,” the Observatory said.

The watchdog reported 19 civilians and three rebels killed in Aleppo fighting on Wednesday but did not give a separate toll of soldiers killed in the city.

Several rural villages and towns in the Aleppo province were being shelled by the Syrian army, it said.

In Damascus, street battles were being fought on Thursday in the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in the south of the capital, the Observatory said.

“There are clashes on Street 30 in the Yarmouk camp between Syrian regime forces and fighters from rebel units. Explosions can be heard,” it said.

A resident of the camp reached by phone confirmed the fighting.

“It started at 7:00 am. The night was quiet. They are using RPGs and heavy machineguns,” he told AFP.

After a week of heavy clashes in Damascus, activists say regime forces have largely regained control of the city, with only a few pockets of continued fighting remaining.

The Observatory also reported fighting in Deir Ezzor in the east of Syria, where it said two people were killed overnight, including one shot by a sniper.

In an updated toll on Thursday, the Observatory said 143 people were killed throughout Syria on Wednesday, including 75 civilians, 41 soldiers and 27

Updated Jul 26, 2012 07:00am

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Look BurmaMuslims
Jul 26, 2012 07:33pm
Wild West wishes never come true
sham
Jul 26, 2012 06:40pm
Muslims dont understand what is actualy happening to the state of palestine if their is going to be one where is the U.N when it comes to Gaza
Muhammad Bashir Khan
Jul 26, 2012 09:13am
The tyrant, Basharul Asad should immediately quiet power. He has no right to rule this country.