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June 10, 2013 10:34 am

Syrian Rebels: We Killed 100 Hezbollah Fighters in Aleppo

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Free Syrian Army rebels cleaning their AK47s in Aleppo, Syria, during the country's civil war on Oct. 19, 2012. Photo: VOA News/Wikimedia Commons.

Syrian rebels claimed Monday that they killed 100 Hezbollah fighters as they were readying for an attack on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, Arab media reported.

According to reports, Syrian government forces were also preparing for a major offensive on the city.

Much of northern Syria has been controlled by rebel groups since last year.

According to the BBC, an article in the pro-government Syrian newspaper, al-Watan, said the army was now “deploying heavily in the countryside near Aleppo in preparation for a battle that will be fought inside the city and on its outskirts.”

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“Besieged areas will be freed in the first stages and troops which have been on the defensive will go on the offensive.”

It added: “The Syrian army will take advantage of its experience in Qusair and Eastern Ghouta [near Damascus] to advance in the provinces of Hama and Homs.”

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