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

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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By Sydney Chesterfield on August 3, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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