Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:10
BEIRUT: The Syrian army launched on Wednesday a ground assault on the northern city of Aleppo, a Syrian security official told AFP.
"The army is advancing from west to east to cut Salaheddin in half horizontally," the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the key rebel stronghold in the city.
"It will not take a long time to control the district, even if there are some pockets of resistance remaining," the source added.
A rebel commander confirmed that army tanks had penetrated Salaheddin on Wednesday morning, sparking fierce clashes with the insurgents.
"The regime forces advanced into Al-Malaab Street with tanks and armoured vehicles and fierce fighting is now taking place in the area," said Wassel Ayub, a commander in the rebel Free Syrian Army.
When asked how far the government forces had reached, the defected Syrian army captain said that "the army is present in less than 15 percent of Salaheddin."
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