Syrian military vows to repel Aleppo insurgent attack

A rebel offensive that began Friday in the Syrian city of Aleppo has resulted in almost 50 civilian deaths, including 17 children, the rights group Amnesty International said in a press release.

Syria's army said on Monday the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and rocket fire.

Video footage shows they have used imprecise explosive weapons including mortars and Katyusha rockets, whose use in the vicinity of densely populated civilian areas flagrantly violates global humanitarian law.

Aleppo has been hit by some of the worst violence in Syria's five-year conflict, turning the once bustling economic hub into a divided and bombed-out symbol of the war.

A rebel assault to break the siege of Aleppo has slowed amid fierce resistance from regime forces.

Syrian Army troops backed by allied forces are fighting to recapture Aleppo from the foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Fateh al-Sham, a jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front, played a big part in a rebel attack in July that succeeded in breaking the government siege on eastern Aleppo for several weeks before it was re-imposed.

Intense fighting on Sunday rocked the western districts, battered by hundreds of rebel rockets and artillery shelling, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In a new toll on Monday, the Observatory said a total of 61 government troops and their allies were killed in the assault, as well as 72 Syrian rebels.

The human rights NGO Amnesty International has raised the alarm of civilians being killed in Syria's western Aleppo by armed opposition groups.

Hamdaniyeh is a regime-held district directly adjacent to opposition-controlled eastern neighbourhoods.

The U.K. -based monitor also said regime and Russian air strikes were hitting the battlefronts on the city's western edges, but with less intensity than in previous days.

And in a new toll Monday, the monitor said almost four days of heavy rebel rocket fire have killed 51 civilians, including 18 children.

United Nations peace envoy Staffan de Mistura said Sunday he was "appalled and shocked by the high number of rockets" fired by rebels.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, now controlling parts of it.

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