Syr­ian forces fight back in Aleppo af­ter los­ing ground

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Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces launched a coun­terof­fen­sive yes­ter­day un­der the cover of airstrikes in an at­tempt to re­gain con­trol of ar­eas they had lost to in­sur­gents the day be­fore in the north­ern city of Aleppo, ac­tivists and state me­dia said. The of­fen­sive came a day af­ter Syr­ian rebels launched a broad ground at­tack aim­ing to break a weeks-long gov­ern­ment siege on the eastern rebel-held neigh­bour­hoods of Syria’s largest city. The in­sur­gents were able to cap­ture much of the west­ern neigh­bour­hood of As­sad where yes­ter­day’s fight­ing was con­cen­trated, ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian army and the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights. The Ob­ser­va­tory said the new of­fen­sive by Syr­ian troops and their al­lies was on­go­ing un­der the cover of Rus­sian and Syr­ian airstrikes. The group said the fight­ing and airstrikes are mostly on Aleppo’s west­ern and south­ern edges. The Syr­ian army com­mand said troops and their al­lies are pound­ing in­sur­gent po­si­tions with ar­tillery shells and rock­ets adding that “all kinds of weapons” are be­ing used in the fight­ing in the As­sad neigh­bour­hood. Rebel shelling of Aleppo on Fri­day killed 15 and wounded more than 100.

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