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Syrian army launches ground operation in Aleppo

(Xinhua)

08:26, August 10, 2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian army has started a ground operation and entered several key districts in the northern Aleppo province, local media reported Thursday.

The Syrian troops started at dawn Wednesday the wide-scale ground operation, during which they have managed to regain control of the Salahuddien neighborhood of Aleppo, pro-government al-Watan daily said.

The paper said hundreds of armed insurgents have been killed and their hideouts in the troublesome district have also been knocked out.

It added that purging the Salahuddien district completely would probably take a few days, given the sprawling structure of the area and its very narrow alleys. The army is facing great challenges in Salahuddien due to the intense presence of snipers, it said.

The army has worked over the past days on besieging the city of Aleppo completely and cutting the supply lines that have been opened from Turkey, in order to prevent the escape of armed groups from the city, the paper said.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese NBN TV reported that the so-called Free Syrian Army insurgents has declared their retreat from Salahuddien.
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