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Syrian activists: Clashes rage in rebel bastions of Aleppo as regime presses on with assault

Syrians on motorcycles look at the damage of a destroyed house after it was hit by an air strike killing six Syrians in town of Tal Rifat on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. In another sign of violence continuing throughout Syria, Syrian fighter jets carried out air strikes early Wednesday on the village of Tel Rifat north of Aleppo, hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from the same family, residents said. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
August 09, 2012 - 4:42 AM

BEIRUT - Activists say clashes between Syrian government troops and rebels are raging in the opposition bastion of Saleheddine and other districts of the besieged city of Aleppo.

The fighting comes just a day after President Bashar Assad's regime claimed in state-run media that its forces have fully regained control of Salaheddine.

The Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday's shelling was most focused on Salaheddine, as well as a northeast district and areas in the city's southwest.

Syria launched a ground assault Wednesday on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, the country's largest city and key commercial hub.

The regime's blistering attacks on rebel positions in recent weeks seem to have chipped away at the opposition's grip on its strongholds in the city.

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