Battle continues in Aleppo prison

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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 4:33 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Government troops and rebel fighters have been waging a battle inside the walls of the central prison compound in Syria's largest city.

Earlier today, activists say, rebels blew open the gate of the prison with twin car bombs as part of an attempted jailbreak. The assault began at dawn, but by nightfall the rebels hadn't dislodged regime forces from the prison in Aleppo. They also hadn't freed the 4,000 prisoners being held there. That's according to two monitoring groups that support the opposition. Among the prisoners are believed to be about 250 regime opponents.

Meanwhile, Internet access has been restored across Syria after a blackout of more than eight hours. It was the second nationwide outage in a week. Syrian officials blame a rebel bombing that they say cut a cable north of the capital of Damascus.

At the United Nations, the General Assembly voted today to approve an Arab-backed resolution calling for a political transition in Syria. It condemns President Bashar Assad's regime for "gross violations" of human rights. The vote was 107 to 12.

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APPHOTO BEI101: This Tuesday, May 14, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows the mother of a Syrian rebel cleaning a rifle, in Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian rebels have detonated two car bombs outside the main prison in the northern city of Aleppo and are trying to storm the facility, where hundreds of regime opponents are believed to be held. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC) (15 May 2013)

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