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

The reported push into the Khaldiyeh neighborhood came a day after insurgents captured the eastern neighborhood of Rashideen from troops and pro-government gunmen.

Aleppo, the country’s largest city and former commercial capital, has seen heavy fighting since rebels seized part of the city in 2012. The recent push into government-held parts of Aleppo comes as President Bashar Assad’s forces have suffered a series of setbacks in recent months, including the loss of Idlib, a northwestern provincial capital, in March. […]