Syrian forces fight back in Aleppo after losing ground
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.