Nightly News | July 28, 2012
>>> we want to turn our attention now to syria , the fighting intensified there today and the death toll mounted as government forces try to regain control of that country's largest city, aleppo . while americans may not know a lot about it, aleppo is a city larger than chicago. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel was able to file a report for us tonight from inside syria .
>> reporter: witnesses have described to us a horrible scene today in the city of aleppo which is now come under attack by syrian government forces. by tanks, artillery, and helicopters. much of the fighting is in the south and southwest of aleppo where rebels are holed up, fighting against what appears to be a full-on government onslaught. families are trying to leave aleppo any way they can. in taxis, on motorcycles, some families have managed to come to villages like this one, which are now under rebel control. one man who left aleppo today said as he was leaving, he saw bodies on his left, bodies on his right. many of them of women and children . but once families do reach villages like this one, the situation is not much better. this village is completely surrounded by syrian forces and often comes under attack. brian?
>> richard engel reporting for us tonight from inside syria .