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Thursday, 09 August 2012 - 11:29
Syria conflict: Key Aleppo district sees fierce clashes
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Fierce fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels is taking place in a strategic district of the biggest city, Aleppo.

State media said government forces had taken control of Salah al-Din, but the Free Syrian Army later announced a successful counter-attack.

Images that have emerged from the northern city show buildings reduced to rubble by heavy weapons.

Observers say controlling Aleppo is a crucial goal for both sides.

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