Opposition fighters drive a tank in the Al-Huweiz area on southern outskirts of Aleppo as they battle to break the government seige on the northen Syrian city on Aug. 2, 2016. / AFP / Omar haj kadour
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Syrian government forces bolstered by Russian airstrikes recaptured territory overnight in the southwest suburbs of the battleground city of Aleppo, rolling back the short-lived gains of a rebel offensive.Rebels and their extremist allies launched an assault Sunday in a bid to ease a more than two-week government siege of opposition-held districts of the city. The Britain-based Observatory said more than 50 rebels and allied extremists had been killed since the assault began, as well as dozens of government troops.Overnight, at least 10 civilians, including four children, were killed in rebel shelling of government-controlled districts on Aleppo's southwestern edges, the monitor said. The battle for Aleppo – Syria's second city – is critical for both the government in Damascus and the forces seeking to overthrow it.It was Syria's commercial hub until 2012, when clashes left it roughly divided between government troops in the west and rebels in the east.
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