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Battle for Syria's biggest city intensifies

Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 01:19

July 29 - Activists say rebels and government forces are engaged in pitched street battles in Syria's largest city, Aleppo. Andrew Raven reports.

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Shots ring out through the streets of Syria's largest city, Aleppo. A couple of seconds later - what appears to be heavy artillery slams into a building nearby - sending up a cloud of smoke. This video, which comes from a social media website, purports to show rebels in pitched battles with Syrian government troops. Activists say the army has launched a major offensive to retake parts of the city seized by insurgents earlier this month. This video appears to show a helicopter circling overhead - part of what observers have called a massing of machinery and heavy weapons by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Reuters is not able to independently verify the content of such videos. The battle for Aleppo, a city of 2.5 million people, is seen as a crucial test for a government that has struggled to contain an uprising now a year-and-a-half old. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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Battle for Syria's biggest city intensifies

Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 01:19