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Syrian conflict: Fighting rages on in Aleppo as Russian jets strike

A Syrian man reacts as rescuers look for victims under the rubble of a collapsed building following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of Sakhur in the northern city of Aleppo on July 19, 2016.
Civilians in rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo expressed fears on July 18, 2016 of a lengthy government siege, as food supplies dwindled after regime troops seized the only road into the city's east. The government advance, which has been backed by a Russian air offensive, is seen as a major setback for opposition forces in Syria's second city.

Intense fighting has continued around the Syrian city of Aleppo, where a rebel offensive is trying to break a government siege of rebel-held areas.

Over the weekend, the rebels tried to reconnect an encircled area in the east with insurgent territory in the west.

They set off a huge tunnel bomb underneath army positions in the strategic Ramouseh district.

The army has been fighting back with the help of Russian air strikes to stop the rebels breaking through.

Around a quarter of a million civilians are living under siege in rebel-held areas since government forces cut them off last month.

Syrian Opposition gunmen surrender to the Syrian army in Aleppo (02 August 2016)

Photographs were released on Tuesday by state media purporting to show opposition gunmen surrendering to the Syrian army in Aleppo

Syrian citizens inspect damaged buildings after airstrikes hit Aleppo (29 July 2016)

Much of Aleppo has been destroyed in recent fighting

“We are now overlooking the Ramousah area but Russian jets are intensifying their bombing, which is holding us back from moving quickly,” a rebel commander told Reuters news agency.

Aleppo was once Syria’s commercial capital and also boasted a rich architectural and archaeological heritage.

Much of it has been destroyed or looted during more than five years of war.

Russia and Syria have announced the opening of what they called humanitarian corridors for civilians and rebels wanting to surrender but few people are reported to have used them.




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