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Syrian activists say fighting in Aleppo is spreading as rebels try to gain more ground

Syrians look at nine bodies of Syrians who were found dead near the town of Anadan outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo)
August 07, 2012 - 5:16 AM

BEIRUT - Activists say fighting in Aleppo has spread to new areas as rebels try to expand their hold inside Syria's largest city.

Despite intense bombardment from government warplanes, helicopters and artillery, the rebels in Aleppo have now withstood two weeks of counterattacks by President Bashar Assad's troops and are clawing toward the city centre.

Local activist Tamam Hazem says fierce clashes are going on in Bab Jnein and Sabee Bahrat districts near the heart of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also says fighting Tuesday has extended to new parts of the city.

Aleppo is Syria's commercial hub and lies close to the Turkish border, where rebels have their rear bases. If the opposition were to gain control of Aleppo, it would be a major blow to the regime.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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