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article imageSyrian residents in Aleppo protest against rebel siege

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 10, 2013 in World
Aleppo - Syrian residents in the northern city of Aleppo have held a protest against a rebel siege of government held areas in the divided city.
Residents have complained that the siege has led to both food and medical shortages, causing a spike in food prices within government held areas.
Amateur video footage of the demonstration showed protesters demonstrating at a rebel checkpoint before rebel gunmen dispersed the crowd by firing shots in the air. At least one protester was shot and killed during the protests.
Rebels have sieged government held areas in an effort to close off supply routes for army troops. The city of Aleppo has been divided for over a year now between government and rebel held areas, with both sides unable to achieve outright victory over the other.
Reports last month had indicated that government troops were preparing a massive offensive to retake the city, though as of yet no such government offensive has taken place.
Deteriorating conditions also continued in the central city of Homs, particularly in rebel held areas which have been under siege and heavy bombardment by Syrian troops for over 10 days now. Syrian troops have launched a major offensive in the central city looking to fully capture it and retake the remaining rebel held areas in the city.
The main Syrian opposition bloc, the Syrian National Coalition, has called for a month long truce to help the humanitarian conditions of civilians trapped in the Homs fighting, though such a truce at the moment seems unlikely with the government continuing on with it's offensive for the city.
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