• 29 Syria rebels dead in fighting for key Aleppo road — monitor

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    BEIRUT: At least 29 Syrian rebels were killed in clashes with regime troops overnight during a failed bid to reopen the opposition’s key supply route into Aleppo city, a monitor said Sunday.

    The fighters from the Faylaq al-Sham Islamist faction and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front were killed trying to reopen the Castello Road, which regime forces effectively severed on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

    The road was the only remaining supply route into the opposition-held east of Aleppo city, which has been divided between government and rebel control since mid-2012.

    Government forces effectively severed the route on Thursday when they seized a hilltop within firing range of the Castello Road.

    The Observatory said there were deaths among government forces in the overnight fighting, but had no immediate toll.

    “The attack has ended and the road remains completely closed,” said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. AFP

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