Dozens dead as warplanes pound rebel-held north Syria

Fighting for Aleppo has intensified this summer after Syrian troops seized control of the last supply route into rebel-held areasSyrian and Russian warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes in northern Syria, killing dozens in areas held by a rebel alliance battling to take control of second city Aleppo. The air strikes, which began Saturday and were continuing Sunday, killed 45 civilians in and around Aleppo and 22 more in neighbouring Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The raids came as the Faylaq al-Sham Islamist faction, which is part of the rebel alliance, said it had launched a new offensive to take the Zahra regime-held district on Aleppo’s western outskirts.

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