Airstrikes fall on Aleppo amid in­tense clashes

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

Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces launched a coun­terof­fen­sive Satur­day 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.

Mean­while, in­sur­gents launched a fresh of­fen­sive on the city, a day after em­bark­ing on a broad ground at­tack aimed at break­ing a week­s­long gov­ern­ment siege on the east­ern re­bel­held neigh­bor­hoods of Syria’s largest city.

The in­sur­gents were able to cap­ture much of the western neigh­bor­hood of As­sad where much of Satur­day’s fight­ing was con­cen­trated, ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian army and the Bri­tain­based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Human Rights.

The Ob­ser­va­tory said the new of­fen­sive by Syr­ian troops and their al­lies went un­der the cover of Rus­sian and Syr­ian airstrikes, but gov­ern­ment forces did not suc­ceed in re­gain­ing con­trol of ar­eas they lost.

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