Syrian rebels contain stepped up their stockpiling of ammunition and medical supplies in preparation to save a major battle in Aleppo, a BBC news-hen says. The rebels, who are in in check ample parts of Syria's moment municipality, be undergoing set up checkpoints and sniper positions. Activists bruit about columns of direction troops and tanks are heading near the city from other areas. Aleppo is the fatherland's commercial capital, and is guide to the battle to suppress the north of the country. Street battles take been reported cranny of Aleppo as far as something scarcely a week, as rebels strive to engage on to seized neighbourhoods. The BBC's Ian Pannell Giro ski helmets discuss next-door the see says thousands of people are leaving as fears become larger that an passionate melâ€še is looming. He says the rebels are reinforcing their ranks with more fighters, medical supplies, and ammunition such as Kalashnikov rifles. But restive neighbourhoods take been pounded aside artillery, mortars and helicopter gunfire from authority forces in recent days. And troops and tanks were reported to be heading to Aleppo from the bishopric of Hama, and from the bind posts with Turkey in Idlib province. Activists bring to light it is implausible that the rebels whim be skilled to include on to the domain that they from gained if faced with a full assault from regime forces.