Syrian government forces seize rebel area in Aleppo
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. –