Aleppo rebels launch massive offensive on Syrian army in attempt to end the siege

Thousands of Syrian rebel fighters have joined forces to push back the army, in “the great battle for Aleppo” that they hope will end the siege.

Some 10,000 fighters have launched an assault against government troops south of the city, in a last-ditch effort to open routes out of opposition-held areas which have been closed for weeks.

Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate and the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham were on Wednesday trying to take Ramussa, a district in Aleppo’s southwest suburbs which houses a government artillery base.