>> A bird's-eye view of Aleppo and the sheer scale of its destruction. This drone footage shot on Monday, four days into the renewed onslaught. Russian and Syrian jets pounding the divided city, an emblem of a civil war now in its fifth year. Ground forces are massing on Tuesday to support the strikes from the air, advancing against rebels in the old city, monitors said.
A senior rebel official also reporting clashes in the area. Iranian and Iraqi militias backing up President Bashar al-Assad's forces. They've attacked on four fronts since announcing the offensive late last week. This time the Syrian army seems determined to recapture what used to be Syria's largest city, and is still it's greatest strategic prize after the capital Damascus.
Reuters Angus McDowall reports from Beirut.>> It's also the last major city that is still partially in rebel hands. It's located very close to Turkey which has been a main backer of the rebellion and lies on the main road running south to Damascus.>> About 300,000 people are believed to be trapped in the rebel held parts of the city which are under siege.
The World Health Organization calling on Tuesday for safe routes to evacuate sick and wounded from the East. Syrian doctors say they desperately need medical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded there, trapped, and beyond the reach of international help, in the embattled city.