Syria announced on Wednesday (August 8th) that troops seized an opposition-held district in the northern city of Aleppo, AFP reported.
Syrian troops "have taken full control of the district of Salaheddine," the official Syrian Arab News Agency reported, saying the military "inflicted heavy losses on groups of armed terrorists", the regime's term for Syria's armed opposition.
Free Syrian Army (FSA) leaders immediately denied the government's claim while acknowledging that an attack was under way.
"It is not true the regime army seized control of the district," said the FSA's Col. Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi.
Regime forces are employing "fighter jets, tanks and mortars" in their assault, he said.
Meanwhile, opposition commander Wassel Ayub told AFP that opposition forces "staged a counter-attack and reclaimed three streets out of five seized by regime forces."
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said casualty figures in Aleppo are impossible to determine at present due to intense clashes.
"Fighting is still raging in the district of Salaheddine […] and there are initial reports of many dead," the Observatory said.
The Observatory also reported that at least 82 people died across Syria on Wednesday, following the deaths of at least 225 people on Tuesday.