Feb. 7 - Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, is now a war zone in the battle for control of Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The central prison in Aleppo comes under attack. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters comes amid reports that an Islamist group has taken over a large part of the prison, freeing hundreds, and killing and wounding dozens of members of Syria's security forces. Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, has been the scene of fierce fighting as rebel groups join forces to launch an assault called, "The Just Promise Approaches." This follows a series of attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, using so-called barrel bombs. Rebels are warning residents near government checkpoints and bases to clear the areas -- saying the facilities would be the insurgents' main targets. Assad's forces have been making small gains on rebel-held parts of Aleppo -- advances which many opposition sources blame on weeks of rebel infighting that left more than 2,300 combatants dead.