July 17 - Amateur video purportedly shows tanks entering the Syrian neighbourhood of Midan amid reports of violent clashes there. Lindsey Parietti reports.
Gun and heavy artillery battles rage in what is purportedly a Damascus neighborhood. This amateur video, posted online amid reports of the third day of fighting in Midan, cannot be independently verified. Other footage appears to show tanks and armoured vehicles driving into the city. Activists say President Bashar al-Assad's forces are surrounding rebellious areas of the capital like Midan. The Red Cross now classifies the 17-month-old conflict as a civil war. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters