Videos posted online purport to show Syrian rebel fighters engaged in a fierce battle with Syrian government forces in the divided city of Aleppo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Video posted online purported to show intense fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces in the Al-Amiriya neighborhood in the city of Aleppo on Tuesday (September 6). Al-Amiriya is close to the opposition-held neighborhood of Sukari where a suspected chlorine gas attack caused dozens of cases of suffocation, also on Tuesday. The Syrian Civil Defense, a rescue workers' organization that operates in rebel-held areas, said government helicopters had dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine on the Sukari neighborhood in eastern Aleppo. The Syrian government has denied previous accusations it used chemical weapons during the five-year-old civil war, but army officials could not be immediately reached for comment on the latest allegations. Aleppo has been divided for years into government and rebel sectors, but President Bashar al-Assad's army has put the opposition areas under siege and now hopes to capture the whole city in what would be a devastating blow to his enemies. The Syrian conflict has killed more than 250,000 people and forced more than 11 million from their homes.