Syrian government forces seize half of rebel-held quarter in Aleppo: monitor

Government forces have with the use of heavy aerial bombardment encircled Aleppo's rebel-held eastern sector in recent weeks and are seeking to completely recapture the city.

By: Reuters | Beirut | Updated: October 6, 2016 4:59 pm
Syria Aleppo, aleppo, Syria rebel, aleppo recapture, news, latest news, world news, international news, Syria news Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting had been raging in Bustan al-Basha, one of the front lines in Aleppo which has been divded for years between government and opposition areas of control. (Syrian Central Military Media via AP)

Syrian government forces seized around half of a key opposition-held neighbourhood in Aleppo on Thursday in a new advance against rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The British-based Observatory said fighting had been raging in the residential Bustan al-Basha quarter near the city centre, one of the frontlines in Aleppo which has been divided for years between government and opposition areas of control.

The Syrian military also said in a statement that its forces had advanced in Bustan al-Basha – though an official in an Aleppo-based rebel group denied there had been a government advance in the area.

Government forces have encircled Aleppo’s rebel-held eastern sector in recent weeks with the use of heavy aerial bombardment and are seeking to recapture the whole city.

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