August 27, 2014
BEIRUT (AP) - The chief of the Syrian National Coalition has, for the first time, visited rebel-held areas near the embattled city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Aleppo, the nation's largest city, has been a major front in the nearly 2-year-old conflict. Government forces and rebels have been locked in a stalemate there since July.
Mouaz al-Khatib met Sunday with Syrians living in two suburbs of Aleppo that are controlled by the opposition.
A coalition statement says the goal of his trip to Manbah and Jarablus was to inspect the living conditions of residents there.
The opposition controls large swathes of land around Aleppo, and several areas within the city while the government maintains controls of others.
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