PHOTO: Rebels preparing for the launch of Sunday’s offensive near Aleppo
Syria’s rebels have taken territory in a sudden, widespread offensive to break the regime siege of Aleppo city.
Defying the Russian airstrikes that have been essential to pro-Assad forces, the rebels launched ground operations on Sunday across a 20-km (12.5-mile) front, with attacks both to the north of Aleppo — where the Syrian military and its allies have cut the last route into opposition-held areas of Syria’s largest city — and to the south.
The preparation of the offensive:
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Launch of operations:
Footage of the fighting:
The storming of the al-Hikmah school:
A demonstration in the Mash’had district of Aleppo city welcoming the offensive:
Burning of tires to deter airstrikes:
Meanwhile, pro-Russian ANNA News is insisting that the offensive has failed: