Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Battle rages on for Aleppo airport

Syrian rebels standing in the rubble of buildings hit by government air strikes near Aleppo International Airport (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Centre AMC)
Syrian rebels standing in the rubble of buildings hit by government air strikes near Aleppo International Airport (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Centre AMC)

Syrian rebels are battling President Bashar Assad's forces for control of the main airport in the northern city of Aleppo, activists say.

Regime warplanes were pounding rebel positions near Aleppo's international airport, trying to counter recent rebel advances in the area, the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdul-Rahman says.

Opposition fighters have been attacking the airfield for weeks, and took over most of the "Brigade 80" military base protecting it yesterday.

Mr Abdul-Rahman said fierce clashes today were taking place around the airport, which remains in regime hands. He says there are also reports of heavy fighting at another nearby military air base called Nairab.

syriahr.com/en (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)

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