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Syria: Renewed fighting in Aleppo

Syria: Renewed fighting in Aleppo
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Fresh fighting is reportedly underway in Syria’s second city Aleppo.

Activists said that rebels have launched an offensive to take the centre of the ancient city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Government forces said they had gained control of the city’s main prison after an overnight mutiny led to the deaths of 15 inmates.

Syrian state TV claimed pro-regime troops have re-taken control of most areas of the capital Damascus, the scene of heavy fighting last week.

Amateur video purportedly shows armed men in mismatched military uniforms and trainers,
going house to house.

The search for remaining rebel fighters comes after recent clashes in the southern suburb of Nahr Aisha. Commentators said the men seen in the video are most likely part of a pro-government militia.

Meanwhile Iraq has backtracked over its refusal to offer refuge to escaping Syrians. A government spokesman said it will now set up camps near two of its three borders with Syria.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered border guards to allow Syrians entry onto Iraqi soil. The Iraqi government has committed 35 million euros to the project which will also provide assistance to thousands of returning Iraqis, keen to escape the 17-month uprising.

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