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Syrian troops and rebels clash in Aleppo

Free Syrian Army soldier before firing a recoilless rifle during clashes with Syrian government forces at the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, August 13, 2012, government forces shelled a number of areas in northern Syria part of efforts by the regime to target rebel strongholds.Troops used planes to hit several homes in Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. UPI
Free Syrian Army soldier before firing a recoilless rifle during clashes with Syrian government forces at the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, August 13, 2012, government forces shelled a number of areas in northern Syria part of efforts by the regime to target rebel strongholds.Troops used planes to hit several homes in Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. UPI | License Photo

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Syrian government troops clashed with rebels on a highway in Aleppo Wednesday, killing two of the leaders and seizing ammunition and weapons, officials said.

A children's hospital in Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub, used by rebels as an operations base was cleared by government forces, Syrian Radio & TV reported.

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The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other activist groups said heavy fighting erupted at dawn about three miles from Aleppo International Airport.

Over the past several weeks, rebels have been attacking military airfields in an attempt to prevent them from being used for launching airstrikes, Voice of America reported.

In Homs, government forces reported killing more than two dozen rebels in several operations.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said it documented the deaths of 23 people Wednesday, including six children.

Fighting in Syria has intensified ahead of a visit by the new international peace envoy later this week. So far, diplomatic efforts to stop the bloodshed have failed.

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