• SYRIA ARMY BREAKS REBEL SIEGE

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    BEIRUT: Syria’s army has ended a year-long rebel siege of Aleppo central prison after a fiercely fought battle for the strategic prize, a monitoring group said on Thursday. “After a siege of nearly 13 months by Al-Nusra Front and Islamist rebels, regular armed forces backed by pro-regime fighters were able to break the siege of Aleppo central prison,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Tanks and armored vehicles entered the prison grounds and intense celebratory gunfire was heard inside the sprawling complex, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France-Presse. The army’s advance in the area around the prison in northern Aleppo had “cut a path for essential supplies to rebel fighters between areas they control and the Turkish border,” Abdel Rahman said.

    AFP

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