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Syrian airstrikes on Aleppo amid intense clashes

  • This frame grab from video provided by Thiqa news agency, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows flames rises from an explosive vehicle bomb that attacked a Syrian government position, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Oct, 28, 2016. Rebels detonating three vehicle-borne explosives against government positions to the city's southwest and attacking with hundreds of rockets, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said at least one of the vehicles was driven by a suicide bomber for the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, which also announced the offensive. (Thiqa News Agency, via AP)

    This frame grab from video provided by Thiqa news agency, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows flames rises from an explosive vehicle bomb that attacked a Syrian government position, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Oct, 28, 2016. Rebels detonating three vehicle-borne explosives against government positions to the city's southwest and attacking with hundreds of rockets, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said at least one of the vehicles was driven by a suicide bomber for the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, which also announced the offensive. (Thiqa News Agency, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This frame grab from video provided by Thiqa news agency, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rises from an explosive vehicle bomb that attacked a Syrian government position, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Oct, 28, 2016. Rebels detonating three vehicle-borne explosives against government positions to the city's southwest and attacking with hundreds of rockets, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said at least one of the vehicles was driven by a suicide bomber for the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, which also announced the offensive. (Thiqa News Agency, via AP)

    This frame grab from video provided by Thiqa news agency, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rises from an explosive vehicle bomb that attacked a Syrian government position, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Oct, 28, 2016. Rebels detonating three vehicle-borne explosives against government positions to the city's southwest and attacking with hundreds of rockets, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said at least one of the vehicles was driven by a suicide bomber for the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, which also announced the offensive. (Thiqa News Agency, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo released online on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, by the website of the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham, an anti-government militant group, shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, preparing for the offensive on government positions in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas. Arabic, bottom, reads: "Holy warriors getting ready for the battle to break the siege of Aleppo." (militant photo via AP)

    This photo released online on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, by the website of the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham, an anti-government militant group, shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, preparing for the offensive on government positions in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. Fierce fighting broke out around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday as rebels announced a large-scale offensive to break the government's nearly two-month siege of opposition-held areas. Arabic, bottom, reads: "Holy warriors getting ready for the battle to break the siege of Aleppo." (militant photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian opposition activists are reporting airstrikes and fighting on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo.

Saturday's fighting comes a day after Syrian rebels launched a broad offensive aiming to break a weeks-long government siege on the eastern rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's largest city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes are pounding areas that insurgents captured the day before, mostly on Aleppo's western and southern edges.

The Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, reported airstrikes and artillery shelling of areas near Aleppo.

Syrian state media said rebels shelled government-held western neighborhoods of Aleppo on Saturday morning wounding at least six people, including a young girl.

Rebel shelling of Aleppo on Friday killed 15 and wounded more than 100.