Syrian rebels have advanced into a second government-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo, activists have said, a claim denied by state TV.

The reported push into the Khaldiyeh neighbourhood came on Thursday, a day after rebels captured the eastern neighbourhood of Rashideen from troops and pro-government gunmen.

Ahmad al-Ahmad and Bahaa Halaby, Aleppo-based activists, said several factions entered Khaldiyeh, which has a large Kurdish community, early on Thursday.

State TV denied the claims of the takeover and aired a report from Khaldiyeh. It had earlier denied the capture of Rashideen without providing any proof.

State TV and the activists said Rashideen was relatively quiet on Wednesday afternoon after heavy fighting overnight.

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