Matthew 24:6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
<blockquote>“Hardly a day goes by when our senses are not bludgeoned by some new outbreak of terrorism in the Middle East. Despite our best efforts at making and keeping the peace, political, economic, and religious tensions often lead to unrest, violence, and riots.”
<p style="text-align: right;">-Jim Bakker in “Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse”</p>
The government offensive in Aleppo entered the fourth day with Syria’s state run TV stating the government has inflicted “heavy losses” on what they term as “terrorist groups.” The Free Syrian Army is denying the validity of the claims and the gains that the government has taken back neighborhoods within the city.
Rebels report that helicopter gunships have increased their assaults on the city and that heavy shelling is taking place in areas that contain civilians. Fighting also increased near the headquarters of the Air Force Intelligence agency.
Food, water and medical supplies are running out in many places within the city and the UN’s refugee agency says that residents are seeking shelter in schools, mosques and public buildings.
The US and Turkey are working together to help create a framework for a transitional government that would remove President al-Assad. Turkey government officials stated they would take action to avoid another “Halabja”, referring to a massacre conducted by Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
The UN Secretary General has called on Syria to renounce the possibility of using their chemical weapons. Syrian government officials insist they will only use them against foreign invaders and not Syrian citizens.