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Syrian troops purge more E Aleppo districts of terrorists

6 December 2016 18:03

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Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters have managed to recapture eight militant-held eastern Aleppo districts in their latest push against foreign-backed terrorists on the battlefield in the contested city.

Lebanon’s al-Manar television channel reported on Tuesday the liberation of Qadi Askar and Tirbet Lala neighborhoods.

According to other reports, Sha’ar and Karm al-Dada neighborhoods in the eastern part of Aleppo were also purged of terrorists by the Syrian forces on Tuesday.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said after Sha’ar’s liberation, the terrorists’ campaign would be reduced to a “war of attrition” with the Syrian military.

In addition to Sha’ar, the SOHR confirmed the full recapture of four other eastern Aleppo areas, namely, Dahret Awad, Juret Awad, Karam al-Beik, and Karam al-Jabal. According to the UK-based monitoring group, the fresh gains put the Syrian government in control of over 70 percent Aleppo’s east.

Backed by Russia’s air cover, Syrian army forces and their allies have dealt heavy blows to the militants over the past few weeks.

Syria dismisses Aleppo truce, urges terrorists’ withdrawal

Additionally on Tuesday, Syria announced that it would not agree to a truce in Aleppo unless it received adequate guarantees for the full withdrawal of militants from the flashpoint city.

In a statement carried by Syria’s official news agency, SANA, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that Damascus would “exert every effort to liberate” the citizens held hostage by terrorists in eastern Aleppo, adding, “It therefore rejects any attempt by any side to reach a cease-fire in east Aleppo that would not include the exit of all terrorists.”

The statement was released one day after Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo, with Moscow emphasizing that the pause would only permit the militants to regroup.

Elsewhere in its statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry “appreciated” the double veto of the motion and noted that it would have only granted the terrorists “the opportunity to regroup and commit their crimes again.”

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