Rebel fighters fire towards positions of regime forces in Ramussa on the southwestern edges of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on August 6, 2016. AFP / FADI AL-HALABI
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Syrian regime forces and rebel factions sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo Monday as both sides braced for a crucial battle to control the country's second city.Fighting for Syria's former economic powerhouse is intensifying after an opposition advance over the weekend broke through a three-week government siege of the city's rebel-held east, dealing a major setback to regime troops. Rebel forces Sunday announced a bid to capture all of Aleppo city, which if successful would mark the biggest opposition victory yet in Syria's 5-year-old civil war. But forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are putting up a fierce fight and have begun pouring in reinforcements. Aleppo has been roughly divided between government forces in the west and rebel groups in the east since fighting first broke out there in mid-2012 .Citing U.N. figures, Power said Syrian government forces were to blame for nearly 80 percent of the besieged areas throughout Syria.
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