Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad gather inside the government- controlled Hanano barracks after what they said was an offensive against them by Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo April 17, 2014. (REUTERS/George Ourfalian)
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Nearly 50 people were killed Thursday when Syrian rebels attacked one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo, according to the anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.The Britain-based group said at least 27 soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed and the rebels lost 20, including a commander. Abdel-Rahman said the barracks overlooked a key supply route for rebels going north into the rest of Aleppo province.The Observatory said that such rocket attacks killed at least 11 civilians, including two women and a child, Thursday and wounded 40 .In the Zahra district in the west of the city, rebels have seized buildings near the Air Force Intelligence headquarters, it said.Regime troops also sought to push forward with an offensive against besieged neighborhoods of Old Homs, as a rebel and a lieutenant in the National Defense paramilitary group were killed in the clashes, it added.
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