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Syrian regime pushes to reimpose siege south of Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria?s largest city, has been ravaged by the war that began with nationwide protests against the government led by President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Damascus, Damascus Governorate, Syria Sep 04, 2016, 12.12 PM (IST)
Syrian government forces advanced on Sunday south of Aleppo city, a military source and state media said, as they pushed to once again encircle rebel neighbourhoods and reimpose a siege.

"The Syrian army, supported by allied forces, has total control of the armaments academy and expanded the territory it controls in the military academies zone," state news agency SANA said.

Government forces have already recaptured the air force academy and rebels "are now besieged in the artillery academy", a military source said.

If they recapture the school, government forces could then "easily take Ramussa, a suburb south of Aleppo, and reimpose a siege of the rebel districts," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has been ravaged by the war that began with nationwide protests against the government led by President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

It has been roughly divided between regime control in the west and rebel control in the east since mid-2012.

On Sunday Syrian government forces and their allies recaptured areas in southwestern Aleppo which rebels seized last month, after heavy bombardments and repeated attempts to drive the insurgents back, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The areas recaptured included the Weaponry College and the Air Force Technical College in the Ramousah area on the city's southwestern outskirts, the Observatory said.

Turkey has also ramped up its offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have made advances against IS militants on one hand and the US-backed Kurdish rebels on the other. 

The US has voiced concerns about Turkish strikes on Kurdish-aligned groups which it backs in its battle against the Islamic State stating that it would jeopardise the broader goal of ridding Syria of the militant group.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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