Syrian regime heavily bombs opposition's new gains in Aleppo


In a statement Sunday the Army of Conquest announced "the start of a new phase to liberate all of Aleppo", pledging to "double the number of fighters for this next battle".

Rebel fighters and people carry the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham flags as they celebrate the news of the breaking of the siege of rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria.

An AFP journalist in eastern Aleppo said residents were on the streets and firing celebratory shots into the air.

A cessation of hostilities agreement brokered by Russian Federation and the United States brought a measure of relief to the battered Syrian city of Aleppo on May 5, 2016 but President Bashar al-Assad said he still sought a total, crushing victory over rebel forces.

Syrian state news agency SANA says that the rebels have not broken the siege.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, said the western neighborhoods experienced a dramatic raise in vegetable prices after the only one between the regime-controlled areas military complex began Friday.

In May, President Bashar al Assad likened the fight for Aleppo to the battle of Stalingrad.

Humanitarian agencies have warned that conditions in isolated rebel-held east Aleppo have become very concerning; as the United Nations warns that collective aid supplies will run out in about two weeks.

Despite the confederation's claim of victory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has reported that fighting continues and that Russian aircraft continue to strike the rebels in an attempt to counter the push.

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Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters look towards rising smoke from damaged buildings in Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 7, 2016. Humanitarian organisations operating in Syria say the crisis there is likely to be even more devastating, as residents did not expect a siege and therefore did not stockpile any supplies in preparation.

They then pushed northeast into the district of Ramussa, linking up with rebel groups that had fought south from inside the city.

An official from Syrian Civil Defense, a voluntary search-and-rescue group also known as the White Helmets, confirmed that this was the case, adding that many residents wanted to leave eastern Aleppo once a secure road out was opened.

Less than a day after rebel fighters broke through, aid arrived in the form of at least one truck carrying food that was driven by civilians from neighboring Idlib province, according to al-Achi and a doctor in Aleppo.

Asked if the rebels could now take all of Aleppo in what would be the biggest blow to Assad of the entire war, Abdeh said: "I think it is just a matter of time". What is beyond dispute is that the renewed fighting, and the waves of regime airstrikes and rocket attacks launched in response, is inflicting yet further suffering and destruction in Syria's oldest city.

Both sides have thrown everything they have at the battle for the city, as each believes its fate will decide the outcome of the conflict.

The army units and the popular defense groups managed through high level of coordination to break through the terrorists' fortifications and advance into the town, which is the terrorist groups' second defensive line towards Douma city, their most unsafe stronghold in Ghouta, according to the source.

ISIS has not been involved in the current fighting in Aleppo city.