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Rebels on brink amid rapid losses

Published on December 12, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

Troops finally broke the deadlock with the help of Iranian-backed militias and Russian air strikes, reinstating a siege on the east in early September and launching an all-out assault weeks later.
Troops and allied militiamen took full control of the districts of Sheikh Saeed and Saliheen on Monday.

UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army was on the verge of re-taking all of the east of the city and that rebels had withdrawn from another six neighbourhoods.

The group’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP news agency that the areas still under rebel control were “very small” and that “they could fall at any moment”.

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