Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo

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CNN – Northern Syria (CNN) — Rebels captured a government military base Monday on the outskirts of Aleppo, the hotly contested Syrian metropolis that has seen more than a week of bloody battles.

The base had about 200 Syrian troops and appeared to be under attack by rebels from three sides overnight. After hours of clashes, opposition fighters took control of the base northwest of Aleppo on Monday morning.

Despite the boost for rebels, the relentless battle for Syria’s largest city raged on Monday. Regime forces launched missiles and shelled from attack helicopters, opposition activists said.

Aleppo, Syria’s commercial and cultural hub, has seen a mass exodus amid the violence. About 200,000 people in and around Aleppo have fled shelling and heavy weapon fire in the past two days, Valerie Amos, the U.N.’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said Sunday.

With no end to the country’s 16-month crisis in sight, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country will take more action to try to stop the bloodshed. ….. read more

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