Jabhat Fatah al-Sham fighters ride on a pickup truck in the 1070 Apartment Project area in southwestern Aleppo. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Islamist militants and their rebel allies pressed an offensive Friday with a massive attack aimed at seizing a military academy south of Aleppo and breaking a three-week-old siege of rebel-held areas.The artillery base, one of the largest in Syria, is almost 2 km from the besieged opposition area."There are two suicide bombers who have driven into regime posts inside the artillery base," said Abu al-Walid, a fighter with Ahrar al-Sham who said fighting was going on inside the base.The army said it had foiled the attack on the artillery base and two major barracks and that hundreds of insurgents had been killed and much of their equipment and tanks destroyed. The army said it was the biggest assault by rebels against government-held areas in the last year. According to the Observatory, at least 115 civilians, including 35 children, have been killed in the city since the rebel assault began on Sunday.Another 42 people, including 11 children, have been killed in strikes on eastern Aleppo, it said.
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