Syrian Warplanes Strike Rebel-Held Town in North

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say government warplanes struck a strategic rebel-held town in the country's north today in an attempt to reopen a key supply route.
The town lies along the main highway between Aleppo and the capital, Damascus. Opposition fighters took control of it earlier this month, hampering the government's fight in Aleppo, where troops are bogged down in a bloody battle for control of the country's largest city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in Britain says troops and rebels have been battling for control of a nearby Syrian military camp that has been under siege for days.
The activist group reports more than two dozen casualties among the rebels in today's airstrike, but it did not have the breakdown of killed and wounded.
The strike comes as a U.N.-proposed cease-fire meant to start this week appears increasingly unlikely to take hold. The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria has suggested that both sides in Syria's 19-month-old conflict lay down their arms during Eid al-Adha (eed al-AHD'-hah), a four-day Muslim holiday that begins Friday. However, neither side has committed to a truce.


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