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Aleppo airport closed due to rebel attacks

23:58 Tue Jan 1 2013
AAP

The international airport in Syria's second city of Aleppo has been temporarily closed due to repeated attacks by rebel fighters.

"There have been continued attempts by opposition militants to target civilian aircraft, which could cause a humanitarian disaster," an airport official told AFP on Tuesday.

The official said the critical transportation hub would be closed for a "very short period of time" while the army worked to regain control of surrounding areas where large numbers of rebels have set up base.

Fighting in Aleppo, located in the largely rebel-held north of Syria, has been at a stalemate for months since opposition fighters launched a massive assault on the former commercial hub in mid-July.