Damaged buildings are seen in the 1070 Apartment Project area in southwestern Aleppo, Syria Aug. 5, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Syrian rebels stormed a major army artillery base in the northern city of Aleppo Friday to try an end the siege of opposition-held areas but the Syrian army said it had repelled the attack and killed hundreds of insurgents.Fighters from a coalition of Islamist rebel groups called "Jaish al-Fateh" that includes the Fateh al-Sham Front, the former Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and other smaller groups, said they had taken the main fortress-like artillery academy in the Ramousah quarter in southwestern Aleppo.They were now fighting to take the other military academies adjoining the artillery base that are among the country's largest. Hundreds of fighters were clashing with government troops only a few hundred meters from each other in parts of the artillery base after breaking into government defenses around the heavily fortified compound, rebels said.The army said it had foiled the attack on the artillery base and two major military academies.The army said at least a thousand insurgents had been killed since the assault began earlier this week.
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