Tuesday 22 August 2017

Syrian government troops 'capture high point of Aleppo'

Fighting resumed in Aleppo on Saturday
Fighting resumed in Aleppo on Saturday

Syrian government forces have captured a high point in the city of Aleppo after fighting with rebel groups resumed over the weekend, according to reports.

The Sana news agency said government troops took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, situated near military bases.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Bazo was taken amid heavy bombardment.

The Observatory and the Aleppo Media Centre, an activist collective, said government forces are shelling the eastern, rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

Sana said rebels had shelled government-held neighbourhoods, killing one person and wounding seven.

Fighting returned to Aleppo on Saturday night, after a lull meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts expired without anyone leaving.

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