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Syrian rebels launch operation to break Aleppo siege
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Syrian rebels launch operation to break Aleppo siege

by firstsource newsAugust 1, 2016

Fighters say they have pushed back Assad forces, as Russian helicopter shot down over Idlib province

Rebel fighters in Aleppo have launched a major military operation aimed at breaking a weeks-long regime siege of the opposition-controlled eastern part of the Syrian city.

About 250,000 civilians are believed to be living in the rebel-controlled territory, and their plight has led to growing international alarm. The area has been subjected to a brutal aerial bombing campaign from the forces of Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, which has destroyed several of the last hospitals in the area.

A Russian helicopter was shot down about 25 miles south of Aleppo on Monday morning, killing all five people on board. The defence ministry said the Mi-8 was returning to Russia’s Latakia airbase after delivering aid to the city.

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