Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government forces air strikes in the rebel held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in Aleppo on September 27, 2016.
AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI
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Aleppo stakes more deadly with massive regime ground assaultSyrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new military campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed cessation of hostilities.Senior combatants on both sides said pro-government forces were massing in several parts of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war, now divided into a western zone held by the army and a smaller, besieged area held by rebels.The commander of an Iraqi Shiite militia fighting in support of Assad told Reuters a large force spearheaded by the army's elite "Nimr," or Tiger, forces had started to move in armored vehicles and tanks for an attack on rebel-held areas.Zakaria Malahifji, a politburo member of the Fastaqim group which is active in Aleppo, said the army had assembled infantry and heavy vehicles in a military buildup in the city.
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