In re­newed Aleppo at­tacks, troops cap­ture high ground

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Syr­ian govern­ment forces and their al­lies on Mon­day cap­tured strate­gic high ground in em­bat­tled Aleppo as Rus­sia — a key ally of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad — said it was not plan­ning more “hu­man­i­tar­ian pauses” in the fight­ing in the city’s eastern, rebel-held dis­tricts.

The fight­ing in Aleppo came as airstrikes hit towns in the north­west­ern prov­ince of Idlib, killing at least 13 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights and the Lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tees.

Fight­ing re­sumed in Aleppo over the week­end, fol­low­ing a days-long lull an­nounced by Moscow that was meant to al­low rebels and civil­ians to leave the eastern dis­tricts. The rebels re­jected the Rus­sian of­fer and none of the civil­ians left.

Govern­ment troops launched a fresh of­fen­sive and on Mon­day took the hill­top of Bazo on the south­ern edge of Aleppo, and shelled the rebel neigh­bor­hoods, ac­cord­ing to ac­tivists.

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