A man stands near damaged buildings caused by what activists say was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, in Aleppo's countryside May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jalal Al-Mamo
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Syria's army has launched a fierce assault on rebel fighters in a bid to break their year-long siege on Aleppo's central prison, a monitor, state media and activists reported Wednesday.Rebels in Aleppo city, once Syria's commercial capital, rely on supply routes leading to the countryside as a rear base.On Wednesday, near Aleppo prison, rebels blew up the Al-Kindi hospital, which the loyalist army had used as a position before its takeover by the opposition.Elsewhere in Syria, four Kurdish fighters and seven pro-regime militiamen were killed in fighting in the majority Kurdish province of Hasakeh, said the Observatory.
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