Syria activists protest rebel siege of Aleppo districts


Free Syrian Army fighters pray along a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood July 9, 2013. Picture taken July 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah (SYRIA – Tags: CONFLICT)

Activists in Aleppo have held protests calling for the lifting of a rebel siege of regime-held districts of Syria’s second city that has created food shortages, activists said on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the first demonstration calling for the siege to be lifted came on Tuesday, adding that one protester was shot dead.

Rebel forces have imposed a siege on several regime-controlled neighbourhoods, where government forces have unable to deliver food.

Another video posted by the Observatory showed that the siege policy does not have the full support of the rebel fighters supposed to enforce it.

Rebel forces have sought to block the entry of food and medicines to regime-held parts of Aleppo for some time, but in recent days they have succeeded in blockading the districts completely after cutting off regime access to the area by blowing up a bridge and blocking a key road.

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