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Damascus fights to stop rebel advance

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>> The battle for Aleppo rages on. Syrian government forces bombing rebelled held areas of the divided city according to this amateur video. Damascus determined to stop a rebel advance which began at the weekend. But this man says it's a civilian area that's been hit by the army's barrel bombs.
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He points to a school and department buildings all destroyed in the onslaught. According to Pro Damascus TV, the government has re-taken some territory from opposition forces. Hence they claim, they've closed up a rebel corridor, opened up to break a month long siege of the opposition held eastern sector.
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That's been roundly denied by the rebels. Amid claim and counter claim, fears are growing over the humanitarian situation in the city. The Syrian government delivered food and fuel to the area it controls in western Aleppo. But in the east of the city over a quarter of a million people remain trapped with limited access to medical care and clean water.
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The UNs called for an urgent cease fire to allow electricity and water supplies to be repaired and for aid to be delivered to the city's desperate residents.