27 Dead in assault on Syrian military post

Cairo, Oct 18 (EFE).- Twenty Syrian government soldiers and seven rebels were killed early Friday in an insurgent assault on a military post in the northern province of Aleppo, an opposition group said.

The battle started when rebels stormed an air defense installation, the Britain-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said.

The attackers disabled two military vehicles, according to the observatory, which also reported heavy fighting in the southern part of Aleppo city, Syria's largest metropolis.

Insurgents, including elements of the al Qaeda-linked al Nusra Front, continued to battle government forces around the city's main prison, which has been under siege since April.

The rebels fighting at the prison are equipped with artillery, the Human Rights Observatory said Thursday.

The United Nations estimates that Syria's internal conflict has claimed more than 100,000 lives since March 2011, when violence erupted in the wake of harsh government repression of peaceful protests.