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Clashes subside between Syrian rebels in city of Aleppo

  • This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows flames and smoke rise from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local contacts, reported that rebels attacked government positions with two explosives-laden vehicles. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front, via AP)

    This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows flames and smoke rise from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local contacts, reported that rebels attacked government positions with two explosives-laden vehicles. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows black smoke rises from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local contacts, reported that rebels attacked government positions with two explosives-laden vehicles. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front, via AP)

    This frame grab from video provided by this militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows black smoke rises from a suicide bomb attacked Syrian government forces positions, in western Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict through local contacts, reported that rebels attacked government positions with two explosives-laden vehicles. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (militant video by Fatah al-Sham Front, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This frame grab from video provided by Baladi News Network, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rises from shelling on the Syrian government military academy, in western Aleppo, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (Baladi News Network, via AP)

    This frame grab from video provided by Baladi News Network, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rises from shelling on the Syrian government military academy, in western Aleppo, in southwest of Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Syrian rebels launched a fresh wave of attacks on western districts of Aleppo Thursday as airstrikes on a rebel-held village south of the contested city killed civilians, activists said. (Baladi News Network, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian rebels say clashes have subsided between rival rebel factions in the city of Aleppo where the eastern, rebel-held districts face a looming assault by pro-government forces.

One rebel figure, Yasser al-Yousef of the Nour el-Din el-Zinki group, says his faction and the Fastaqim group have agreed to arbitration on Thursday following an eruption of fighting between their followers the previous day.

Fastaqim and al-Yousef's group are two of the largest rebel factions in Aleppo.

Al-Yousef said Fastaqim arrested one of its commanders during battle preparations in Aleppo after a rebel offensive launched last week to break the government's siege of the city's rebel neighborhoods.

Molhem Ekaidi, deputy commander of Fastaqim, accused Nour el-Din el-Zinki of attempting to "eradicate" his faction.