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Syria: Troops Take Over Aleppo as Rebels Call For Truce

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Syrian forces have taken control of about 75 per cent of eastern Aleppo, held by the rebels in the last four years.

Consequently, rebels have left the last areas they occupied in the city and reportedly calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians.

Confirming the development, an activist monitoring group – the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) affirmed that the pull-back in Syria’s second city came after days of heavy fighting.
The State media also confirmed that the troops have taken over the whole of the old city.

Reports also confirmed that the rebels, who had been left with just a spit of land north-east after recent government advances, have abandoned it as at Wednesday morning, while retreating to territory they hold further south.

In the meantime, US, Britain, France, Canada, Germany and Italy have called for an immediate ceasefire to allow the UN “to get humanitarian assistance to people in eastern Aleppo”.

It would be recalled that Russia has been accused of frustrating the UN effort of brokering peace between the troops and rebels. The Russian-led troops was once accused of attacking UN trucks conveying aid materials for the civilians in Aleppo city

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