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Syria: Rebels fight government forces at Aleppo prison

The anti-government activists reportedly detonated two car bombs through the walls of the prison which holds 4,000 people.

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Syrian forces and rebels are fighting inside a massive prison in Aleppo. This picture shows destruction in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 5, 2013. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Rebel fighters are battling Syrian government troops inside a massive prison in Syria's northern city of Aleppo.

Early Wednesday morning opposition forces detonated two car bombs, blasting through the walls that hold some 4,000 people, including 250 anti-government activists, according to sources.

The AP reported fighting continued into the night as a stalemate drew on.

There are conflicting reports from both government and opposition forces who both claim to be making progress in the battle.

The opposition did confirm to the BBC that pro-Assad forces used air raids and tanks to ward off their assault at the prison.

It remains unclear if the rebels goal was to free the prisoners aligned with their cause.

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