Syr­ian govern­ment forces seize rebel area in Aleppo

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SYR­IAN govern­ment forces yes­ter­day seized a rebel-held neigh­bour­hood on the north­west out­skirts of Aleppo, tight­en­ing their siege of the op­po­si­tion-held parts of the city, a mon­i­tor said.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said loy­al­ist troops had full con­trol of the Ler­a­mun district af­ter heavy clashes, and re­ported fight­ing for neigh­bour­ing Bani Zeid, which is also held by rebels.

The two ar­eas have been used by rebels to launch rock­ets into govern­ment-held dis­tricts in the west of the city.

Aleppo has been roughly di­vided be­tween govern­ment con­trol in the west and rebel con­trol in the east since mid-2012.

In re­cent weeks, regime ad­vances around the city’s out­skirts have sev­ered the only re­main­ing route into the rebel-held eastern neigh­bour­hoods, ef­fec­tively plac­ing them un­der siege.

Op­po­si­tion forces have re­sponded by fir­ing bar­rages of mis­siles into govern­ment dis­tricts, killing scores of civil­ians.

“The im­por­tance of cap­tur­ing Ler­a­mun and Bani Zeid is to stop the mis­sile fire and also to fur­ther tighten the siege,” said Ob­ser­va­tory di­rec­tor Rami Ab­del Rah­man. –

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