Syrian Rebels Lost Control of North and 1/3 of Eastern Aleppo
Syria's rebels lost all of the northern neighborhoods of their stronghold in east Aleppo on Monday, as the army gained significant ground in its offensive to recapture the entire city.
The loss of the city's east would be a potentially devastating blow for Syria's rebels, who have seen their territory fall steadily to the government
On Monday, government forces seized the Sakhur, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr districts, while Kurdish fighters took the Sheikh Fares neighbourhood from rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
The Syrian army advances mean the government now controls at least 2 thirds of eastern Aleppo, just under two weeks into its renewed bid to recapture the city, AFP reports
In past 2 weeks Rebels have fired onto the government-held west of the city, killing at least 27 civilians, among them 11 children, since November 15, the monitor says.
The advance would then "push the gunmen to turn themselves in... or accept national reconciliation under the terms of the Syrian state.
Syrian Army forces already control the capital Damascus, the central cities like Homs and Hama and the coastal city of Latakia.
The jihadist rebels of Fatah Halab are crumbling inside the eastern pocket of Aleppo tody, as they continue to lose district-after-district to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
Approximately two hours after announcing the capture of the Haydariyah Neighborhood, the Syrian Arab Army broke-through Fatah Halab's front-lines at Sakhour, resulting in the complete seizure of this strategic district and longtime terrorist stronghold.
Reports from Aleppo City indicate that several rebels from Harakat Nouriddeen Al Zinki have surrendered to the Kurdish led People's Protection Units (YPG) near the Sheikh Maqsoud District.
As a result of today's advance, the Syrian Armed Forces have now secured 45 percent of the Aleppo pocket that was originally under the control of the rebels.
Source: Al Alam