On 3 February 2016 Syrian regime forces broke through the rebels’ siege lines surrounding the regime-aligned Shia villages of Nubl and Zahraa. The two villages had been under siege for about 3 years.
The Assad forces’ success has also cut one of the rebels’ supply routes to the part of Aleppo city under the rebel control. The rebel forces in Aleppo city are still not surrounded, but their situation has just become considerably more difficult.
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