Syrian government forces advance on 2 fronts in Aleppo

Syrian government forces advance on 2 fronts in Aleppo
# 06 December 2016 17:54 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Syrian government forces have fully recaptured a key rebel-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday during its ongoing assault to drive out the rebels from the city, a military source told, APA reports quoting the New York Times.

The Syrian army and its allied fighters fully recaptured the neighborhood of al-Sha'ar in eastern Aleppo, killing tens of rebels and destroying their ammunition, the source said, on condition of anonymity.

He added that bomb squads are currently dismantling explosives the rebels left behind in the neighborhood.

Recapturing al-Sha'ar neighborhood in the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo is strategically important as it's the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front's main stronghold, which recently claimed it has cut its ties with al-Qaida.

The neighborhood also contained the Nusra Front's largest weapon depots.

It was a tough victory as Nusra militants had several snipers positioned atop tall buildings in al-Sha'ar, one of Aleppo's largest neighborhoods.

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