Syrian Army, Allies Seize District of Rebel-Held Aleppo
The Syrian army and allied forces took control of Hanano housing district, on the northeast front-line of the besieged eastern part of Aleppo on Saturday (November 26).
Rapid advances into to Rebel-held eastern Aleppo continued on Sunday (November 27).
They came after weeks of intense Russian and Syrian air strikes and have raised fears among the insurgents that the northern part of east Aleppo could be cut off from the southern part.
That would weaken their control over the east and bring more residents closer to frontlines.
A Syrian army video source, Central Military Media, uploaded video on Sunday to show aerial and ground shots of Hanano, with damaged buildings and deserted streets.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said about 400 people travelled into government-controlled Hanano on Sunday from neighbouring Rebel-held districts, from where some were transferred to government-held western Aleppo, Reuters reports.
On Sunday, the Syrian army said they had captured the Jabal Badro district, adjacent to Hanano.
The army later said it had taken a third district, Holok, and killed a large number of terrorists, the term it uses for its opponents.
State media said troops and allied forces were also pushing ahead in nearby Bustan al Basha, Haydariya and Sakhour districts.
There were fierce clashes in areas adjacent to Hanano, the Observatory, rebel sources and Syrian state media said.
Rebel sources say they are fighting back with difficulty in the face of sustained aerial bombardment.
Russian news agencies, citing the Defence Ministry, said on Sunday more than 900 civilians, including 119 children, had left Jabal Badro in the last 24 hours.
Aleppo, which was Syria's biggest city before the war began in 2011, is divided between the government-held west and rebel-held east.
Source: Al Alam