Destruction in Aleppo
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Rebels battle for control of Aleppo

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from al-Safira and Aleppo in the north of Syria where thousands have lost their lives and rebel fighters are battling for control.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has been fought over to the point of stalemate since rebels launched an offensive there in July.

The city's airport is a key strategic target for rebels who feel that taking control of it will be a "fatal blow" to Syrian Army morale.

In al-Safira (or al-Safir), a small town in the Aleppo countryside, the BBC's Ian Pannell was told Syrians feel alone, and abandoned by the rest of the world.

He and cameraman Darren Conway report from there.