Syrians stand next to a body outside a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on August 30, 20
Syrians stand next to a body outside a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on August 30, 2012. Photo by AFP
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Fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels were reported Friday in the northern city of Aleppo the rebels said they had adopted new military tactics again President Bashar Assad's troops.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the areas of Hanano, Bustan al-Qasr and Salaheddin were shelled hours after the rebels attacked a security building in Aleppo's al-Zahraa neighborhood.

Activist Bassam al-Halabi said the shells were aimed at civilian areas and makeshift hospitals.

Abu Omar, a Free Syrian Army commander, told dpa from Aleppo: "We are now adopting new military tactics, which proved very successful on Thursday and we managed to down planes of the regime forces."

As Assad's forces have relied on aerial strikes against opposition strongholds using helicopters and jets, Abu Omar said the rebels "decided on a new military operation, called the Volcano of the North, to destroy each plane firing at us and our people."

He said the rebels in Aleppo had gained ground since Thursday, and that government soldiers had retreated from an area near Salaheddin.

Abu Omar's comments come amid unverified reports that the rebels have recently received advanced weapons such as ground-to-air missiles. This month alone they managed to shoot down two Soviet-made MiG fighter jets and one helicopter.