Syria declares offensive, launches fiercest air strikes yet on Aleppo

September 23, 2016 1:43 PM

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Syria declares offensive, launches fiercest air strikes yet on Aleppo

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria's biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire.

Residents said the streets were deserted as the 250,000 people still trapped in the besieged opposition-held sector of Aleppo sought shelter from jets.

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