Pro-Syrian government forces attacked rebel-held areas of Aleppo on four fronts on Tuesday. It was their biggest ground assault since the military launched an offensive to reclaim the city last week, according to a Syrian rebel official.
Syrian state television claims that government forces have advanced to near the city’s ancient citadel.
A humanitarian crisis
World Health Organisation spokeswoman, Fadela Chaib, outlined the gravity of the situation for civilians and aid workers saying: “The escalation of fighting in Aleppo is claiming more victims everyday. WHO is calling for an immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the eastern part of the city.
“We are talking about only 35 doctors left in east Aleppo to take care of hundreds of wounded people and the number is increasing.”
Syrian an Russian warplanes and artillery bombarded several areas before ground forces were sent in to support the attacks.
Though increasingly treacherous for aid workers, getting assistance to Aleppo and helping civilians escape through humanitarian corridors remains a priority.