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The high-stakes battle for Aleppo, a commercial hub and the country’s largest city, has raised fears among activists and the international community that a new massacre could be looming.

Even Syria’s longtime ally, Russia, added to the chorus of alarm Saturday, saying a “tragedy” was imminent in Aleppo. But Russia’s foreign minister said it was unrealistic to expect the Syrian army to stand by while rebels were trying to take over major cities.

Saturday’s fighting was centered around the southwestern neighborhood of Salaheddine, one of the first areas seized by the rebels since they began a push to control the city after being routed from the capital, Damascus.

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