Smoke billows in the rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo following a reported air strike on July 9, 2016. / AFP / FADI AL-HALABI
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Syria army foils rebel bid to reopen Aleppo supply routeSyrian regime forces have repelled a fierce assault by opposition fighters seeking to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city, killing at least 29 rebels, activists said Sunday.The offensive sought to push regime forces back from the Castello Road that leads into the opposition-held eastern half of Aleppo city, which is now effectively besieged by government troops.About 200,000 people remain in the eastern part of Aleppo, which has been divided between government and rebel control since shortly after fighting in the city erupted in mid-2012 .Syria's government has been accused of using sieges to pressure rebel forces, and the UN says nearly 600,000 Syrians live in besieged areas, most surrounded by government forces although rebels also use the tactic.In the wake of the government advance, rebel forces on Friday retaliated with waves of rocket fire into the regime-held west of the city, killing 45 people, according to Syria's state news agency SANA.
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