1st LD: Warring sides resume fierce fighting in Aleppo

A truce to evacuate rebels from the few remaining rebel-held areas in Aleppo city in northern Syria was broken on Wednesday, sources in Aleppo told Xinhua.

Both warring sides exchanged mortar fire, hours following an anticipated evacuation of rebels from areas they still held in southeastern Aleppo was delayed for unknown reasons, sources said on condition of anonymity.

The renewed shelling came after a quiet night in Aleppo, as a truce went into effect for the evacuation process to take place at dawn on Wednesday.

Sources said government buses were ready to transport the rebels through the Ramouseh road out of Aleppo toward the western countryside of the city.

Local media outlets accused the rebels of breaching the truce, saying they attempted to attack military posts, and the army responded with firepower, thwarting their attempt.

As for the opposition, activists said Syrian forces breached the truce by targeting rebel-held areas with tens of mortar and artillery shells.

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