Beirut // Syrian regime forces and rebel factions sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo on Monday as both sides braced for a battle to control the country’s second city.
Fighting for Syria’s former economic powerhouse is intensifying after an opposition advance at the weekend broke through a three-week government siege of the city’s rebel-held east, dealing a major setback to regime troops.
Rebel forces on Sunday announced a bid to capture all of Aleppo, which if successful would mark the biggest opposition victory yet in Syria’s five-year civil war.
But forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad are putting up a fierce fight and have begun pouring reinforcements into the city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said about 2,000 pro-regime fighters from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanese Shiite movement Hizbollah had arrived in Aleppo since Sunday night. READ MORE OF THIS STORY