Hundreds join crucial battle for Syria's Aleppo

Laura Christensen
August 10, 2016

Rebels have been fighting to break a government siege on rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city, where the United Nations says 300,000 people are trapped.

Though few expect the reconstituted group to alter its ideology, it is now more seen as an efficient fighting force that helped to break the siege of Aleppo when the halting global diplomacy of the USA and Russian Federation failed.

Only a trickle of relief has reached opposition-held eastern neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Aleppo, after a major rebel offensive broke a suffocating government siege of the city, sources say.

The fight for Aleppo is clearly intensifying and could to become a pivotal battle in this war, but as this stage it's unclear if either side can actually win.

Syria's pro-government Al-Watan newspaper also said Monday that the Syrian army and its allies had brought "necessary" military reinforcements to recover areas it withdrew from after it carried out a "redeployment in the area". It was not clear whether the rebels would be able to keep their new gains, but the breach dented the Syrian government's new confidence and ground gains, bolstered by Russian air support.

He cited in particular the suffering around Aleppo, which is at the center of a battle between the rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Opposition fighters listen to a speech at an armament school after they recaptured the military facility south of Aleppo on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A decisive battle in the northern province of Aleppo is looming on the horizon, as the Syrian army and the rebels are preparing and receiving reinforcements for the imminent showdown.

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The rebels' hold of the area is tentative and the road out remains too unsafe for civilians to use.

Syria's biggest city is in danger of becoming a slaughterhouse.

AFP told, the western districts of Aleppo are now besieged, but no any route is safe to go in or out for civilians in government-held districts.

Fighters from a coalition of opposition groups called "Jaish al Fateh" announced the start of a new phase to liberate the whole of Aleppo, saying it pledged to increase the numbers of fighters for the battle it said will only end by hoisting their flag on the ancient Aleppo citadel in government hands.

Safe drinking water is now being trucked from UNICEF-equipped 70 ground water wells and the Queiq River, close to Aleppo city, where UNICEF and partners installed 28 water treatment units.

Aleppo has been roughly divided between government forces in the west and rebel groups in the east since fighting first broke out there in mid-2012.

Experts painted a graphic portrait of barrel bombings, attacks on medical facilities, chemical weapons use and the ongoing suffering inside the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, shaming the worldwide community for its inaction at an informal Security Council meeting Monday organized by the United States.

Also on Monday, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Syrian government jets had destroyed a hospital that the organization runs in Idlib on Saturday, killing 13 people.

Other reports by My Hot News

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