BEIRUT: Fierce battles erupted today in the city of Aleppo, a northern Syria battleground for the past six months, as rebels fought troops near an army barracks and tanks shelled the area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in the countryside surrounding Aleppo, once Syria’s thriving commercial capital but now ravaged by war, troops also shelled the rebel-held towns of Al-Bab and Sfeira.
Battles pitting rebels against troops broke out at dawn today near the Mahlab army barracks in Aleppo while army tanks shelled the area.
Today’s violence comes a day after the army seized from rebels the town of Khanasser in eastern Aleppo province.
According to residents, the town’s rebels were loyal to the jihadist Al-Nusra Front — a group listed as a terrorist network by Washington.