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Russian Report: Attack From Aircraft Carrier on Aleppo Imminent

By VOA News November 08, 2016

A Russian news report says Russia's lone aircraft carrier and other warships armed with precision weapons are preparing to strike the war-ravaged northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Interfax news agency said Tuesday the attack would come "within the next few hours."

The report, quoting a source in the Defense Ministry, said planes from the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and other unidentified warships would target outlying areas of Aleppo, where rebels have battled Syrian government forces and their Russian allies since mid-September.

There was no immediate U.S. comment on the Interfax report, which comes just days after rebels attacked the Russian-backed Syrian government force in Aleppo from the west, in a strategy apparently aimed at dividing the government artillery units laying siege to the eastern half of the city.

Monitors say the rebel strategy has led to an uptick in government casualties, while United Nations observers have sharply criticized rising civilian deaths.

For its part, the Syrian military reported more than 80 deaths since rebels launched their offensive last week. That toll has not been confirmed, and it was not clear Tuesday whether the reported fatalities were civilian or military.

Fighting also raged Tuesday north of the city, where monitors reported the deaths of more than 70 civilians, including 25 children.

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