Rebels Claim To Break Regime Siege In Aleppo

Rebel groups in Syria have claimed to have broken the regime’s siege of Aleppo after days of fierce fighting which has killed more than 500 combatants.

The Jabhat Fatah al Sham group said in a statement its fighters are working to “establish control over (the) remaining positions to break the siege”.

A commander from another rebel group told Reuters the siege has been broken, but said it was early days and matters were “not easy”.

But the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the siege continues, adding that fighting remains intense in the city’s South West.

A pro-Syrian government news outlet affiliated with the Lebanese group Hezbollah, fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, said in a statement there was no truth to the reports.