Battle for Aleppo: Syrian Troops Advance on City Center

Hospitals in the besieged city are overwhelmed, according to the World Health Organization

Mideast Syria
Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP

The battle for the key Syrian city of Aleppo is intensifying after the collapse of a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia, NBC News reported, with government forces reportedly taking a central neighborhood from a rebel group.

The Syrian military's massive new offensive brought it control of the Farafra neighborhood, state television reported. The area was once bustling but has been reduced to ruins, with the World Health Organization saying hospitals are overflowing with the dead and dying.

The offensive on land and in air — which Russia allegedly played a part in — has sparked outrage in the West, but trapped rebels told NBC News the fight is far from over.

"We will stay here until we die or we win," activist Ali Abo Al-Jod said. "I lost my whole family, I have nothing else to lose. I will not leave. I will stay here until I die ... this is my city."

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