FRONTLINE VIDEO: Syrian Army Troops Beat Heavily Rebels in Southwestern Aleppo

Sun Oct 23, 2016 22:33:05

The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday (October 23) with airstrikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said.

There was fierce fighting between insurgents and Syrian government and allied forces along a strategic frontline in south-west of Aleppo, with the Syrian army releasing footage on Sunday showing its soldiers fighting rebels in the area.

In August rebels briefly broke through this government-held strip of land to try to break a siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo enacted in July.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there was heavy rebel shelling onto the government-controlled Hamdaniya district, part of this battle front.

Syrian or Russian air strikes hit a number of rebel-held areas just west of Aleppo city from dawn on Sunday.

Air raids also hit north of Aleppo and deeper into west Aleppo countryside, the Observatory said.

The Syrian army said it has regained control of the aerial defense brigade in southern Aleppo after heavy fighting in the area.

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