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Turkey may 'run out of space' for Syria refugees

Turkey may soon run out of space to house refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Syria, the country's foreign minister has been reported as saying.

Ahmet Davutoglu told the Hurriyet newspaper Turkey was close to capacity and suggested the United Nations may need to prepare "safe zone" camps within the war-torn country.

Nearly 70,000 have crossed the border into Turkey during the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al Assad in Syria.

If the number of refugees in Turkey surpasses 100,000, we will run out of space to accommodate them. We should be able to accommodate them in Syria. The United Nations may build camps in a safe zone within Syria's borders.

– Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

President Assad makes rare public appearance in Syria

Syria's state-run TV has aired footage of the Syrian president performing Eid prayers in a mosque in Damascus.

It is the first appearance in public by Bashar Assad after a July 18 bombing in Damascus killed the country's defence minister and three other top security officials, including the president's brother-in-law.

President Assad makes an appearance at prayers in Damascus. Credit: APTN

Assad prayed at the Hamad Mosque in Damascus at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The last time he appeared in public was on July 4 when when he gave a speech in parliament.


Syrian army 'bombs hospital' in Aleppo

Activists say the hospital has been targeted. Credit: APTN

Syrian jets and helicopters are continuing to bombard the northern suburbs of Aleppo. Activists say a woman and her three young children were among those killed today.

The local hospital is unable to function as it has been bombed several times throughout the week.

Syrian army helicopters above Aleppo. Credit: APTN

As a result of the bombing, only the ground floor of the hospital is now available to treat people. Hospital assistant Jad Salam said there is not enough space to treat the victims of the shelling. He said:

"The hospital receives around 30 to 50 casualties a day when the shelling is heavy. On other days when it's light shelling it receives around 30 casualties."

Members of the Free Syrian Army have been treated in the hospital. Credit: APTN


Assad's brother 'lost leg' in Damascus attack

Maher al-Assad (left) with his brother President Bashar al-Assad Credit: Reuters

The brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost a leg in an attack on the security cabinet in Damascus in July, a Western diplomat told Reuters.

"We heard that he (Maher al-Assad) lost one of his legs during the explosion, but don't know anymore"

The news was confirmed by a Gulf source, who said "He lost one of his legs. The news is true."

'More than a hundred' wounded in Assad's raid on Azaz

Injured child in Azaz. Credit: Reuters

Many civilians were injured in the raid by Assad's air force on Azaz, according to Doctor Mohammad Lakhini at the town's hospital.

Many houses were destroyed and dozens of men made their way out of the concrete and metal debris, searching for survivors in the northern Syrian town.

Injured children in Azaz. Credit: Reuters

Doctors at the hospital were forced to close their doors and direct people to the nearby border with Turkey.

In video posted by activists, residents in Azaz, which is near the Turkish border, called out "God is greatest" as they carried wounded bodies from the debris.

Injured child in Azaz. Credit: Reuters

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than forty people had been killed. One activist in Azaz said at least 30 bodies had been found and rescuers were searching for more.

Syrian government praises China as 'non-colonisers'

Syrian government envoy Bouthaina Shaaban with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Credit: China Daily China Daily Information Corp - CDIC / Reuters

A Syrian government envoy praised China and Russia on their stance towards the 17-month conflict that has killed more than 18,000 people.

In an interview with the state-run China Daily Bouthaina Shaaban said she was happy to give officials a "real picture" of the crisis in the country. She said:

"We're happy to see countries like China and Russia, who are not colonizers or deal with people as colonisers [...] a very different stance from the West."

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