VIDEO: Syrian Army Advancing in Outskirts of Sheikh Saeed in Aleppo's SW

Fri Dec 2, 2016 09:50:08

Video released by the Syrian army shows Syrian troops firing from tanks and the back of pickup trucks on the outskirts of Sheikh Saeed, on the south-eastern edge of Aleppo.

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The London Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said that rebel groups still controlled a third of the district, while government forces and allied forces had advanced and seized the rest of it.

Fierce fighting continued in the district, the Observatory said.

Aleppo has for years been divided between the government-held west and a rebel-held eastern zone, where the Syrian army and its allies have made a sweeping advance in recent days.

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad fighting against an array of terrorist groups including some backed by Turkey, the United States and Persian Gulf monarchies.

A major assault by government forces backed by allied militias has driven rebels from the northern part of their eastern Aleppo enclave, where they lost a third of the area they had held for years.

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