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Syrian forces blast rebel-held districts of Aleppo, according to activists

Last modified: 30 Jul 2012 09:59

Regime forces blasted a string of rebel-held districts in Syria's most populous city Aleppo with shells and machinegun fire before dawn on Monday, according to activists.

The shelling was focused on the southwest district of Salaheddin, a stronghold of the Free Syrian Army, made up of deserters and armed civilians, said the Syrian Revolution General Commission.

The Local Coordination Committees, made up of activists on the ground, said the eastern neighbourhood of Sakhur was also hit by shells and also by machinegun fire, with regime forces deploying helicopter gunships against the rebels.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, said that clashes between troops and rebels erupted early morning near the airforce intelligence headquarters in Aleppo's Zahraa district.

- Agence France Presse