World Bulletin/News Desk
Syrian rebels and fighters from an al-Qaeda-linked group have begun fighting for control of a key checkpoint in the northern city of Aleppo, according to activists cited in a report by the Daily Star.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights notes that Saturday's clashes focus on the strategic checkpoint in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr district.
The checkpoint serves as the only gateway between rebel-held eastern districts and the city's western areas, controlled by President Bashar Assad's troops.
Earlier this week, al-Qaeda-linked fighters seized the checkpoint and closed it for several days, cutting the flow of food supplies to the city and triggering a confrontation.
Residents angry over the blockade have staged protests against the anti-Assad forces as food prices soar in Aleppo at the start of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
Video footage from earlier this week had shown Syrian rebels firing into the air to disperse a protest by civilians against a blockade preventing food and medicine reaching government-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo.
The footage, posted by the opposition Bustan al-Qasr Information Office, showed men at the protest chanting, "the people want an end to the blockade."
Furthermore, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) confirmed Saturday that militants linked to Al Qaeda in Syria killed Kamal Hamami, a senior figure in the FSA, and his brother.Last Mod: 13 Temmuz 2013, 15:24