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After days of carnage, Syrian city of Aleppo mostly calm

  • This image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, shows a building on fire after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)

    This image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, shows a building on fire after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man leads a woman in tears and child out of the scene after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)

    In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man leads a woman in tears and child out of the scene after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, men look at damaged buildings after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)

    In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, men look at damaged buildings after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian opposition activists say the northern city of Aleppo is mostly calm after days of intense shelling and airstrikes that killed dozens.

The carnage has propelled the city — contested since the summer of 2012 when opposition fighters stormed it and took over several neighborhoods — once again as a main battlefield in Syria's devastating civil war.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there has been no major fighting or violence inside Aleppo since early Friday morning. The Observatory says a week of bombardments and air raids killed 123 people in rebel-held parts of the city and 71 and government-held areas.

An activist based in the city says the bombardment slowed down to a halt after midnight. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.