Syrian army soldiers patrol in government-controlled Aleppo's al-Khalidiya area where the army progressed towards the industrial zone of al-Layramoun and Bani Zeid on June 28, 2016. / AFP / GEORGES OURFALIAN
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The Syrian army advanced within firing range of the rebels' sole supply route to Aleppo in heavy fighting Thursday despite its announcement of a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.Government bombardment of several opposition-controlled districts left 10 civilians dead, including three children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.An estimated 200,000 people still live in the rebel-controlled parts of the city, which are regularly bombarded by government warplanes.Syrian state news agency SANA on Thursday confirmed that government forces were within firing range of the route after advancing in farmland north of Aleppo city.Aleppo has been divided since mid-2012 when rebels seized the east of the city, confining government forces to the west. More than 280,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-government protests.
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