Army Launches New Pushes Into Rebel Territory
Despite Russia announcing a ceasefire in Aleppo only yesterday, Syrian Army forces continued their offensive, pushing deeper into the increasingly sparse territory of al-Qaeda and other rebel factions in the easternmost portions of the city.
The Russian Defense Ministry has reported the rebels, who had already lost most of their territory in the two weeks prior, lost another 33% of their territory in the past four days, leaving the Syrian government with control of 93% of the entire city, by far the most they’ve held since the Civil War began.
While Russia heavily backed the Syrian military early in their offensive in Aleppo, they haven’t carried out any airstrikes against the city in almost two months. Despite this, the Syrian military has been gaining momentum for weeks, and while the rebels say they remain determined to fight, the US is said to be negotiating a pullout.
The fighting has left the eastern part of the city in chaos, with civilians fleeing by the thousands, and hundreds of civilians said to be unaccounted for. UN officials expressed concern that the military is detaining some of the fleeing civilians, though at this point it’s unclear what has happened to the men, all aged between 30 and 50.
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