Syria crisis: Fighting in Aleppo amid rebel offensive

Jul 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT
A fierce fight began for control of Aleppo after a major offensive by rebels

 
Pro-government troops are bombarding the city with shells and rocket fire, and there are reports that helicopter gunships are being used.
Activists say at least 33 people have been killed across the country on Tuesday so far.
Nine of those are reported to have died during a prison revolt in Aleppo.
Syrian state television says the government has now regained control of most areas of Damascus which had been captured by rebels last week.
It broadcast footage showing soldiers apparently securing and checking heavily shelled suburbs in southern Damascus and the bodies of "terrorists" it says were killed.