AP PHOTOS: Bloodshed in Aleppo

Associated Press
A doctor carries a severely wounded Syrian boy in the Dar El Shifa hospital, in Aleppo, Syria Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 after the child was hit by Syrian Army shelling. The border violence between Turkey and Syria has added a dangerous new dimension to Syria's civil war, dragging Syria's neighbors deeper into a conflict that activists say has already killed 30,000 people since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March 2011. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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These striking images show the casualties of this week's intense fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where rebels are battling President Bashar Assad's regime.

Images from in and around Dar El Shifa hospital capture the pain and agony of war as doctors and paramedics try to help those wounded by government shelling and in battles with regime forces.

Aleppo, a city of 3 million, was, once a bastion of support for Assad. But it has emerged as a key battleground in Syria's civil war. Its fall would give the rebels a major strategic victory with a stronghold in the north near the Turkish border. A rebel defeat, at the very least, would buy the regime more time.

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