Nightly News | August 04, 2012
>>> to the battle for syria where there was heavy fighting in the key city of aleppo and heavy shelling in damascus where syrian troops tried to take back one of the last rebel dominated neighborhoods.
>> reporter: urban warfare in the heart of aleppo today. rebels and regime forces fighting for a third straight week to control syria 's largest city. in the capital damascus fresh clashes suggest the battle is far from over. caught in the middle are civilians like this family taking their final steps to safety today. it took them four days to make this 30 mile trip from aleppo to the border with turkey away from the dangers of war it didn't take long for the kids to be kids again. safely in turkey mohammed described the horrors of what they saw. "we left the city while it was attacked" he tells me. like many escaping he and his family grabbed what they could and all the food they had for the trip. this man told us there was no food or fuel in aleppo , only killing. everybody hundreds are coming here, mostly women and children . officials say more than 40,000 syrians have taken refuge in camps like this one. now that syrian rebels control border crossings like this one it is easier for supporters to return and join the battle. for nine months he has been in turkey collecting money and medicine for rebel fighters. the free syrian army has been operating the terminal making it a gate way for those trying to escape the war and now the fighters coming to join it. nbc news, syria .