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Civilian casualties in Syria offensive

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:03

Wounded civilians undergo hospital treatment as Syrian rebels fight to break a week-long siege on eastern Aleppo. Paul Chapman reports.

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Video footage uploaded to a social media website shows what's purportedly part of a rebel assault against Syrian government forces in Aleppo. The video is said to show the rebels, including jihadist groups, pounding government-help suburbs in the west of the city. It's an attempt by the rebels to break a week-long siege. The price is considerable for Aleppo's civilian population. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 15 had been killed by rebel shelling. It said about 100 more were wounded. Aleppo has become the main theatre of conflict, divided for years between the government-held western sector and rebel-held east. The conflict pits Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Iran, Russia and Shi'ite militias, against Sunni rebels including groups supported by Turkey, Gulf monarchies and the U.S.

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Civilian casualties in Syria offensive

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:03