Civil defence members work at a site hit by a barrel bomb in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Rebel fighters launched a major assault on government-held districts of Syria's long-divided Aleppo Monday, after the government severed their only remaining supply route into the battleground city.Despite the diplomatic flurry, fighting has intensified in the northern city of Aleppo, divided between government forces in the west and rebels in the east since mid-2012 .The Britain-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 government forces were killed Monday when rebels blew up a tunnel in the Old City.Rebels fired a barrage of at least 300 shells into western Aleppo, killing nine civilians, the Observatory said.On Sunday, at least 29 opposition fighters were killed when rebels launched a fruitless assault to push government forces back from the road and reopen the route.The Observatory said a group of ISIS fighters clashed with pro-government fighters in eastern neighborhoods of the city.ISIS fighters also claimed a suicide attack on a rival rebel group in the town of Dumeir, east of Damascus, Sunday that killed 16 people.
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