A rebel stands at a site activists said was an explosion at an ammunition depot shelled by regime forces in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib. (REUTERS/Rasem Ghareeb)
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A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of Aleppo's central prison Thursday and rebels stormed in behind him, freeing hundreds of inmates as part of an offensive aimed at capturing key government symbols around the northern city, activists and a monitoring group said.GovernmentThe Observatory estimated that 20 regime troops were killed in the attack, along with a dozen Nusra Front fighters, while four rebels were killed by regime shelling of the prison area.Rebels have been besieging the prison for almost a year. Regime troops and rebel groups also clashed Thursday around the Nairab military airport facility, but there was no word on casualties. Islamist rebel groups launched a Grad missile at the Hama military airport, the Observatory said, causing an undetermined number of regime casualties. Fierce fighting between regime troops and rebel groups continued in Deraa province, with the Observatory reporting that a rebel commander was killed in the clashes.
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