Syrian defector wants to help unify opposition

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“Regime forces have been randomly shelling neighborhoods and the civilians are terrified,” local activist Mohammed Saeed said via Skype.

The clashes have spread to downtown neighborhoods of Aleppo, which has a medieval center that is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Syrian Observatory estimated that 114 rebels and civilians were killed in Aleppo between Saturday and Wednesday in the fighting.

July is on track to be the bloodiest month so far in the uprising, with nationwide death tolls estimated at well over 100 people a day, according to the Observatory. Activists say 19,000 have been killed since the uprising began.

Doctors Without Borders estimated on Thursday that 120,000 people have fled the country since the uprising began.

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