The following excerpts are from AINA.org:
The Chaldean bishop of Syria's second largest city Aleppo says residents are living with a mixture of hope and fear as government forces look poised to recapture rebel-held areas.
Bishop Antoine Audo SJ, told Fides News Agency July 8 that in recent days, fewer rocket attacks could point to an offensive by the Syrian army.
"This may suggest the calm before the storm," he said. "Everyone says that, when it happens, the battle in Aleppo will be the 'final battle'. But we do not know yet what it will mean for us all. There is widespread expectation of a release, there is the hope of being freed from the war of position which has divided the city for almost two years. But there is also the fear that all areas are appalled by the bombing, or reprisals carried out by the rebels. Or even the fear of ending up like in Mosul.
"Everyone senses, albeit vaguely, that what is happening here is not a local issue, but it is conditioned by regional and global power clashes," he said.
Bishop Audo's comments come amid growing rumors that in the areas of Aleppo under government control, elite military teams seem to have already arrived, accompanied by Hezbollah militiamen, the Lebanese Shiite party.
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