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Rebels launched an offensive to take over downtown Aleppo, battling Syrian forces at the gates of the Old City.

Last modified: 24 Jul 2012 13:35

Rebels launched an offensive on Tuesday to take over downtown Aleppo, battling Syrian army and intelligence personnel at the gates of the Old City, a United Nations World Heritage site, residents and opposition activists
said.

In the northern outskirts of Aleppo, Syria's main commercial and industrial hub, President Bashar al-Assad's forces put down an overnight a mutiny at the city's prison, killing 15 prisoners with tear gas and machineguns, activists in contact with surviving prisoners said.

-- Reuters