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article imageRebels in Syria launch attack on Aleppo prison

By Sami Zaatari     May 15, 2013 in World
Aleppo - Syrian rebels in the northern city of Aleppo have launched a major attack against the city's central prison where 250 anti government individuals are being held.
Rebels began their assault by detonating 2 car bombs outside the prison before storming it.
Rebel sources have told the BBC that they had managed to break into the prison and were making progress in their attack.
Government soldiers have responded back to the assault by launching air raids and firing tank shells.
Fighting was also reported near Damascus, with rebels attempting to retake the town of Otaybah, located east of the capital. The town was captured by government forces last month, in a major blow against rebels as it closed a vital arms supply route for the rebels into Damascus.
Amongst the groups involved in the fighting near Damascus is Jabhat al Nusra, the group that declared it's allegiance to Al-Qaeda, as well as being declared to have merged with Al-Qaeda in Iraq into the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Free Syrian Army meanwhile vowed to act against atrocities committed by rebel soldiers in the wake of a video that surfaced showing a rebel commander cutting a soldiers heart out, and biting on it.
The FSA made the following statement:
Any act contrary to the values that the Syrian people have paid their blood and lost their homes (for) will not be tolerated, the abuser will be punished severely even if they are associated with the Free Syrian Army
The rebel commander in the video has since spoken of the video, defending his actions, and calling it revenge.
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