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Syria rebels risk collapse after Russia-backed regime gains

Rescuers remove a victim from under the rubble following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of AleppoSyria’s mainstream rebels risk total collapse after a Russian-backed regime advance that severed their main supply line to Aleppo city and threatens to leave them completely besieged there. Analysts said rebels and their international backers were left with few options to prevent fresh government advances, which came as fresh peace talks backed by the United Nations fell apart. “The trajectory for the rebels is downwards, and the downward slope is increasingly steep,” said Emile Hokayem, senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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