Syrian army captures rebel held areas of Aleppo

Syrian government army has recaptured several areas of old Aleppo which was holding by rebels, state media and the British-based Syrian observatory for human rights says.

Syrian army captures rebel held areas of Aleppo

Syrian government army has recaptured several areas of old Aleppo which was holding by rebels, state media and the British-based Syrian observatory for human rights says.

The areas captured by forces were mostly to the east and northeast of the Old City, but the army and its allies were also pressing forward to its south-east, state television and the Observatory reported.

The rebels were holding the citadel areas of the old city for last four years. If government forces close the gap between the Old City's citadel and a neighbourhood to the east, it will seal off another pocket of rebel control and significantly reduce opposition-held territory that has shrunk rapidly in recent weeks.


The recapture of Aleppo, long divided between government and opposition control in the country's nearly six-year civil war, is a strategic prize sought by President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite fighters from Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

It is believed that thousands of civilians are remain trapped in eastern, rebel-held areas which are being bombarded by government forces.