Syrian army Aleppo ad­vance dis­places thou­sands

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

BEIRUT >> Si­mul­ta­ne­ous ad­vances by Syrian govern­ment and Kur­dish-led forces into east­ern Aleppo on Sun­day set off a tide of dis­place­ment in­side the di­vided city, with thou­sands of res­i­dents evac­u­at­ing their premises, and threat­ened to cleave the op­po­si­tion’s en­clave.

Rebel de­fenses col­lapsed as govern­ment forces pushed into the city’s Sakhour neigh­bor­hood, com­ing within about a half-mile of com­mand­ing a cor­ri­dor in east­ern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012, ac­cord­ing to Syrian state me­dia and the Syrian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights mon­i­tor­ing group.

Kur­dish-led forces op­er­at­ing au­tonomously of the rebels and the govern­ment mean­while seized the Bus­tan al-Basha neigh­bor­hood, al­low­ing thou­sands of civil­ians to flee to the pre­dom­i­nantly Kur­dish Sheikh Maq­soud, in the city’s north, ac­cord­ing to Ah­mad Hiso Araj, an of­fi­cial with the Syrian Demo­cratic Forces.

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