Syria govt forces split rebel-held Aleppo in two

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REBELS have lost most of the north­ern neigh­bour­hoods in be­sieged east Aleppo, a mon­i­tor said on Mon­day, as the army pushed an of­fen­sive to re­take the whole of Syria’s sec­ond city.

The army cap­tured the Sakhour, Hay­dariya and Sheikh Khodr neigh­bour­hoods on Mon­day, while Kur­dish forces took the Sheikh Fares dis­trict from rebels, the UK-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said.

Kur­dish forces in Aleppo are not of­fi­cially al­lied with the Bashar al-As­sad’s govern­ment in Da­m­as­cus, but the op­po­si­tion re­gards them as co­op­er­at­ing with the govern­ment in a bid to re­cap­ture the city.

“The rebels have lost con­trol of all the neigh­bour­hoods in the north of east Aleppo, and this is their worst de­feat since they seized half the city in 2012,” said Ob­ser­va­tory di­rec­tor Rami Ab­del Rah­man.

Syr­ian state news agency SANA re­ported on the cap­ture of Hay­dariya and Sakhour as it looped footage show­ing some of the thou­sands of civil­ians who have fled east Aleppo in re­cent days as loy­al­ist troops have ad­vanced.

The army re­newed an op­er­a­tion to re­take east­ern Aleppo nearly two weeks ago, hop­ing to deal the op­po­si­tion a po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing blow.

“Yes­ter­day was the worst day we’ve wit­nessed since the war started. More than 1 500 fam­i­lies have fled to the regime-con­trolled west of the city. The bomb­ing is hor­rific,” Ibrahim Abu Leith, Aleppo-based spokesman for the Civil De­fence, told Al Jazeera.

The city, which was Syria’s big­gest be­fore the start of a civil war that has killed hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple, is di­vided be­tween the govern­ment-held west and rebel-held east, where UN of­fi­cials say at least 250 000 peo­ple re­main un­der siege.

Rebels in Aleppo have lost at least 30 per­cent of the be­sieged east since Satur­day, as front­lines con­tin­ued to cave in af­ter nearly five months of siege. — AP

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