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Control Of Aleppo Continues With More Air Strikes

Rebel factions who claim to have made gains in Syria’s city of Aleppo have come under intense air strikes from pro-government forces.

The Syrian government released video of its planes apparently bombing targets in the south-west of the city. The rebels earlier said they had broken a weeks-long government siege of Aleppo – a claim denied by Damascus.

Some 250,000 people reportedly live in the besieged areas.

An AFP news agency correspondent reported that air strikes had targeted rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

Opposition activists said Russian aircraft also took part in the air strikes on Sunday in Aleppo’s Ramouseh area. There was no immediate comment from the Russian military.

Meanwhile, the rebel coalition said it would double the number of fighters to launch a new offensive and retake the whole city. “We will not rest until we raise the flag of the conquest over Aleppo’s citadel,” the coalition was quoted as saying.

The Syrian government denies the rebels have made any significant breakthrough, and says the siege remains in place. However, government forces appear to be redeploying to avoid the rebels making any further gains.

Government forces cut Aleppo’s rebel-held areas off in July. Aleppo was once Syria’s commercial capital and also boasted a rich architectural and archaeological heritage. Much of it has been destroyed or looted during more than five years of war.