The Syrian army captured all parts of the Old City, the historic centre of Aleppo held by rebels. Over recent months, Aleppo became a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, terrorists, and numerous opposition groups. Currently, government encircle eastern Aleppo, and the fighting affects thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. Previous internationally mediated ceasefires collapsed as militants continued attacks and the opposition failed to expel al-Nusra Front, (now known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham) from the city. On Tuesday, the army began an offensive operation to enter the Old City. According to local media, the Syrian forces control more than 65 percent of eastern Aleppo. A soldier told us:
We completely kicked out the remnants of the armed bands that were in the old quarters of Aleppo. The enemy’s defeated; they fled to the southern districts, to the remaining terrorist outposts.
7 December 2016