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Syrian rebels move to take control of Aleppo

(Photo: Syrian civil defense - Aleppo / Youtube)

(Photo: Syrian civil defense - Aleppo / Youtube)

BEIRUT (AP) _ Syrian rebel groups say they have launched a large-scale offensive to break the government’s siege of eastern Aleppo, a contested city in the north of the country and the current focal point of the six-year war.

The Islamic Front rebel coalition announced on Twitter Friday morning that the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham group targeted a military airport to the east of the city with Grad rockets and destroyed a government position to the west of the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said rebels detonated two car bombs against government positions to the city’s southwest and attacked with more than 150 rockets.

Ammar Sakkar, the military spokesman for the Fastaqim faction inside the city said “all the revolutionary factions, without exception, are participating in the battle.”