ALEPPO, Syria - Agence France-Presse
Members of the Free Syrian Army prepare to fire their anti-aircraft machine guns in Aleppo's Al-Shaar district. REUTERS photo
Syria's army regained full control of a barracks in Aleppo after days of fierce clashes with rebels seeking to overrun the strategic site, a military official said today.
"The Syrian army is in total control of the Hanano barracks after fighting which came to a complete halt during the night," the source told AFP from inside the barracks.
On Friday, rebel fighters launched an offensive aimed at capturing the military base, a fortress-like compound located in the Hanano neighbourhood of east Aleppo.
They claimed to have taken control of parts of the base which serves as a weapons storage depot, conscript recruitment centre and the headquarters of the local branch of the military police and riot police.