>> Battered by bombs and starved of supplies, now some two million people in Aleppo have been cut off from running water. Fierce air strikes by the Syrian government damaging a pumping station, according to the United Nations, prompting the rebels to shut down another in retaliation. North of the city, government forces seizing a rebel camp.
The first major ground advance in an offensive to fully recapture that urban strong hold. Reuters Angus McDowell in Beirut says it has been described as the most ferocious assault since the war began more than five years ago.>> It was, as one rescue worker said, as though the airplanes were determined to make up for the lost time during the truce.
It's the last major city that is still partially in rebel hands. Both Assad and Moscow believe that if they can quell the rebellion there, they will ultimately be able to master it, and its rural strongholds as well.>>
> The army launching a siege late Thursday, burying all hope for reviving a cease fire broken by the U.S. and Russia.
The regime, backed by Russia, seems determined to crush the rebellion. But with a quarter million civilians still trapped in the city, western diplomats fear a blood bath.