Fierce fighting for key Aleppo road despite Syria truce

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BEIRUT: The Syrian army advanced within firing range of the rebels’ sole supply route to Aleppo in heavy fighting on Thursday despite its announcement of a ceasefire for the Eid’l Fitr holiday. Saudi-backed rebel group Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) said four of its fighters were killed trying to stop the army from cutting the Castello Road, the only route into rebel-held areas of Syria’s second city. Regime bombardment of several opposition-controlled districts left 10 civilians dead, including three children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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