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The Wall Street Journal: Syrian rebels advance in Aleppo, moving closer to civilians in need of aid

Syrian rebels broke through a regime-imposed siege on eastern Aleppo Saturday, a major step toward providing some 300,000 civilians with badly needed humanitarian aid and medicine.

As evening approached, rebel fighters were battling to take more ground from regime forces and create a wider opening that couldn’t be easily bombed or cut off, said Ahmad Kura Ali, a spokesman with the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group, which is taking part in the offensive.

Rebels said it was too early to bring in aid to the besieged residents, after less than a week of fighting that included heavy shelling and airstrikes.

The rebels launched their offensive on Aleppo last month, two weeks after the regime—backed by Russian airstrikes and fighters from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah—cut off the sole supply line leading into eastern Aleppo’s opposition-controlled neighborhoods.

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