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Syrian Rebels Battle for Aleppo After Seizing Border Posts

Syrian rebels are battling government forces in the city of Aleppo after seizing some of the country’s border crossings as the escalating conflict drove thousands to escape to neighboring countries.

Rebel leaders with the al-Tawhid Brigade said in a video sent to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that their military offensive to seize Aleppo has begun, according to a statement posted on the U.K.-based rights group’s Facebook page today. Rebels gained control of three neighborhoods in the city and government forces intensified shelling of the city, Al Jazeera television reported.