Saturday 10 December 2016

Syrian forces surge into rebel areas of Aleppo

Philip Issa

Published 28/11/2016 | 02:30

Children collect firewood at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo Photo: Reuters
Children collect firewood at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo Photo: Reuters

Syrian government forces advanced deep into eastern Aleppo yesterday amid a swift collapse of rebel defences inside the divided northern city.

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The advance into the city's Sakhour neighbourhood brings the military within less than 1km of commanding a corridor in eastern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012.

Residents in the east of the city expressed distress among opposition circles on social media and in messaging groups.

"The situation in besieged Aleppo (is) very, very bad, thousands of eastern residents are moving to the western side of the city," Khaled Khatib said, a photographer for the Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group.

"Aleppo is going to die," he said on Twitter.

Syrian state TV broadcast a video showing a teary reunion between a soldier and his family after nearly five years apart.

The UN's child agency warned yesterday that nearly 500,000 children were now living under siege in Syria, cut off from food and medical aid.

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