Syrian airstrikes hammer Aleppo amid expanding offensive against rebels

September 23, 2016 1:44 PM

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ISTANBUL — Airstrikes pounded rebel-held areas in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, hitting centers for a volunteer civil defense group in a sharp escalation by government forces after the collapse of cease-fire plans that raised fleeting hopes of peace.

The intensifying offensive on Aleppo — a critical foothold for rebel groups — came amid signals of an all-out push by President Bashar al-Assad to reclaim full control over the northern city, which remains virtually cut off from medical and food supplies.

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