June 4, 2016 / 12:42 PM / 3 years ago

Russia says militants begin offensive against Syrian army southwest of Aleppo

Fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces take an overwatch position as their fellow fighters advance in the southern rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 1,000 militants have begun an offensive against Syrian army positions southwest of Aleppo, the Russian ceasefire monitoring center in Syria said in a statement on Saturday.

The center also reported civilians in Aleppo as saying armed groups partly made up of Turkish soldiers had appeared north of the city.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Greg Mahlich

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