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The opposition Syrian National Coalition said it would boycott the Friends of Syria conference in Rome next month because of the world's failure to stop the violence. It also turned down talks in Washington and Moscow. A statement singled out Russia for supporting the Assad regime. The battle for Aleppo airport intensified.
Fighting continued to escalate between Syrian rebels and Lebanese Hezbollah. Three missiles hit residential areas of Aleppo. Government aircraft and artillery bombarded targets near Damascus Airport. The opposition National Coalition decided to set up a government for the "liberated" areas of the country.
Central Damascus was hit by a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks. A massive car bomb exploded near the ruling Ba'ath Party headquarters and Russian embassy, killing more than 50 people, including children. Within hours, two more bombs went off in the city and a mortar attack hit the army's central command.
Fighting between government and rebel forces ground on around Damascus and Aleppo airport. Arms shipments to the rebels slowed. President Assad declared: "We are sure we will win." The rebel Syrian Free Army issued an ultimatum to Hezbollah to stop its attacks in Syria or face retaliation in south Lebanon.
Government reinforcements arrived in Aleppo following rebel advances. "The army will not let Aleppo airport go without a big fight," an observer said. Fighting erupted in southern Damascus as government forces attempted to drive rebels out of the capital. A SCUD missile attack killed 20 people. The EU approved sending UK civilian and military trainers to assist rebels.
The EU amended sanctions on Syria to allow more nonlethal aid, but rejected easing the arms embargo. Rebels captured a government checkpoint near the strategically important Aleppo airport. In support of the Syrian government, Hezbollah attacked villages near the Lebanese border.