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Syria’s rebels hold Aleppo neighborhoods

Government’s forces take aim at commercial hub; Assad complains of interference by regional powers

BEIRUT — Syrian tanks and artillery pounded rebel-held neighborhoods in the commercial hub of Aleppo on Sunday in a bid to retake control as President Bashar Assad’s regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of trying to destroy the country.

Activists say opposition fighters control large swathes of territory across Syria’s largest city. The government has been struggling for a week to beat back their assault and stem the tide of recent rebel advances in the civil war.

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