Syrian army soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad walk on Hilan Hill, as smoke rises in the background from a village they claim to be shelling, May 21, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian
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Syrian troops advance toward Aleppo prisonSyrian troops and their paramilitary allies inched closer to seizing a central prison in Aleppo Wednesday, with intense shelling and barrel bombs killing at least 50 rebel fighters, state media and opposition activists said. The sprawling prison, along with its estimated 4,000 inmates, has been caught in the deadly stalemate of the war for months. Rami Abdel-Rahman, the director of the Britain-based anti-regime group the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, said Assad's forces are positioned about 500 meters away from the complex.He said there was heavy artillery shelling in the area, with government forces dropping at least 30 barrel bombs from military helicopters over the past 24 hours. There were ferocious clashes between Assad's troops and rebels throughout Wednesday, and the opposition fighters are fast retreating from the areas because their weapons are no match for the government's superior firepower.
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