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Syria army breaks year-old Aleppo prison siege

A homemade missile is launched towards pro-regime fighters in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 24, 2014Syria’s army broke a year-long siege of Aleppo central prison Thursday, cutting off a major rebel supply route, reports said, less than a fortnight before President Bashar al-Assad’s expected re-election. Tanks and armoured vehicles rolled into the grounds of the prison in the main northern city and intense celebratory gunfire was heard inside the sprawling complex, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The breakthrough came hours before a UN Security Council vote on a resolution to give the International Criminal Court jurisdiction over alleged war crimes in Syria, which Russia has threatened to veto. It puts the army and its allies, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, within reach of Castelo road, which rebels in Aleppo city have relied on as a supply route leading to the countryside as a rear base.

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