Syrian opposition launches offensive to break Aleppo siege

A rebel fighter takes cover after firing a mortar launcher against government forces west of Aleppo during a fresh rebel offensive in the northern city on Friday. PHOTO: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
A rebel fighter takes cover after firing a mortar launcher against government forces west of Aleppo during a fresh rebel offensive in the northern city on Friday. PHOTO: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Syrian rebels continued their efforts Saturday to shake Aleppo from the government’s siege, as airstrikes hit the edges of the divided city.

Rebel commander Abu Mustafa told the French News Agency, “In just a few days, we will open the way for our besieged brothers.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting continues on the outskirts of government-controlled west Aleppo where “rebels have been making advances.”

The Observatory said Friday rebel shelling in west Aleppo killed 15 civilians and wounded 100.

On Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into an airstrike on a school in Syria that killed nearly 30 people, most of them children.

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