Men inspect the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that had been shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, Syria August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Syrian rebel fighters Monday engaged in a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines into opposition-held areas of the city after the army and its allies tightened their siege last week.However, the Russian military says the Syrian army, relying on Russian air cover, fended off the massive rebel attack, killing over 800 fighters. A rebel military command center that includes the newly formed Islamist group Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and Free Syrian Army brigades said they had seized army positions and some residential compounds in the first few hours of the assault, which began Sunday night.Later, rebels said they had captured the strategic Mishrefeh area, south of the Ramouseh air force artillery base, which has been used to pound rebel-held areas from its fortified hilltop position. However, the rebels still need to advance another 2.5 kilometers and take the artillery base, one of the biggest in Syria, in order to reach fellow rebels on the Aleppo side.
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