Syria conflict: Troops ‘mass before Aleppo battle’

Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Paul Martin

BBC.co.uk
26 July 2012

Syrian rebels in Aleppo have begun stockpiling ammunition and medical supplies as government forces prepare outside the city for a major battle.

Artillery and helicopter gunships have resumed attacking rebel targets and 14 people have been killed, activists say.

Troops and tanks are said to be ringing the city and reinforcements are reportedly on their way to join them.

The rebels, who claim to control up to half of Syria’s second city, have set up checkpoints and sniper positions.

A Syrian security source was quoted by AFP news agency as saying that special forces had begun arriving on the edges of Aleppo in readiness for a “generalised counter-offensive on Friday or Saturday”.

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