Jets pound Aleppo in government push to take city

Government fighter jets backed by Russian air force pound rebel-held Aleppo, as ground assault begins.

| Syria's Civil War, Battle for Aleppo, War & Conflict, Middle East, Humanitarian crises

Syrian government forces and their allies began a major ground offensive to retake the opposition-held east of Aleppo on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a US-backed ceasefire.

More than 275,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, where intensive bombing over the past week has killed hundreds of people, many trapped under buildings brought down by bunker-busting bombs.

Only about 30 doctors are left in rebel-held Aleppo, coping with hundreds of wounded each day who are being treated on the floors of hospitals that are bereft of supplies.

The World Health Organization called for the "immediate establishment of humanitarian routes to evacuate sick and wounded" from the besieged eastern part of the city.

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