Free Syrian Army fighters walk in Old Aleppo February 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Government forces tightened a seven-day siege of the Qudsaya neighborhood, in the northwest suburbs of the Damascus countryside Friday, the latest suburb to see delicate cease-fire deals break down.Opposition activists said the truce, which was brokered last month and saw the regime ease a blockade on food and medical supplies in return for a rebel handover of weapons, collapsed last week when rebels shot and killed a government officer.Regime media say government troops are preparing a major assault on the city, the latest in a campaign by government forces, backed by Hezbollah, to retake rebel-held territory in the Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon and connecting the capital Damascus to the central city of Homs and the coastal regions.
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