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Syria rebels blast air base used to attack Aleppo

Published on Aug 2, 2012 10:25 PM

ALEPPO, Syria (AFP) - Syrian rebels on Thursday shelled an air base being used by regime forces to pound the northern city of Aleppo, as a rights watchdog reported 43 people killed in a raid near Damascus.

"Menagh military airport was bombarded on Thursday morning by a tank captured previously by the rebels," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said of the base 30km north-west of the country's commercial capital.

An AFP reporter who witnessed the bombardment said rebels told him it was "an attack to take this airport being used by helicopters and planes that are firing on Aleppo".

The United Nations (UN) confirmed on Wednesday that rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's regime now had heavy armour, and that its military observers had seen the Syrian military use a fighter jet to attack rebels in Aleppo.

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