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Battle for Aleppo: Rebels claim gains in besieged Syrian city


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Battle for Aleppo: Rebels claim gains in besieged Syrian city

As the battle for Aleppo continues to rage, there are conflicting reports about who is controlling the strategic district of Salaheddine.

Rebels say they have regained parts of the area, after countering a sustained assault by government forces. They also claim army tanks have pulled back.

On Wednesday, Syrian media said the district had been “cleansed” of opposition fighters.

Meanwhile, the army bombed several areas of Aleppo early on Thursday morning, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

There are also reports of an air force jet firing rockets.

Rebels have been concerned about low levels of ammunition, but one opposition brigade commander said supplies were continuing to flow to fighters.

There is a lot at stake in Aleppo for President Bashar al-Assad. The end result of the fighting in Syria’s second city may well determine his fate.

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