Syria's rebels hold Aleppo neighborhoods
BEIRUT (AP) -- Government tanks and artillery are continuing to pound rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria's largest city in a bid to retake control.
Meanwhile, President Bashar Assad's regime is accusing regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of trying to destroy the country.
Activists say opposition fighters control large swathes of territory across Aleppo. The government has been struggling for a week to beat back their assault and stem the tide of recent rebel advances in the civil war.
The head of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, is calling for international help in arming the rebels to face the regime's heavy weaponry.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have expressed willingness to help fund the rebels and they are believed to be funneling money through Turkey to the opposition.
During a joint news conference in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart, Syria's foreign minister railed against interference by the region's Sunni powers. He accused them of supporting the rebels at the behest of Israel.
Amid fears of a massacre or a bloody final battle in Aleppo, civilians have been fleeing the city in ever greater numbers.