Saturday 3 December 2016

Rebels 'breach siege in Aleppo'

Published 07/08/2016 | 11:06

Aleppo is the scene of intense fighting between government forces and rebels
Aleppo is the scene of intense fighting between government forces and rebels

Rebels have claimed a major military breakthrough by breaching the siege imposed by the Syrian government on opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo.

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The Syrian government seized the only route into rebel-held areas in northern Aleppo last month, prompting a rebel counter offensive from the city's south.

The UN said 300,000 people were trapped, making Aleppo one of the largest besieged areas in Syria.

A broad coalition of rebel groups posted videos on Sunday of fighters roaming the Ramouseh district, where the siege was breached following overnight clashes. The district houses a number of military colleges.

The war media arm of Lebanon's Hezbollah, the group fighting alongside the Syrian government, conceded the rebels' advance, adding that airstrikes levelled one of the military colleges after forces withdrew.

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