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Syrian Army liberates 40%, 12 neighborhoods in East Aleppo (VIDEO)

110226-N-TT977-224 Syrian tanks participate in the Kuwaiti National Day celebrations that marked the 50th anniversary of their independence and the 20th anniversary of their ousting of Saddam Husseins forces from their country during the first Gulf War. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

The Syrian army has liberated 40% of eastern Aleppo from terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reports:

“Syrian government troops continue to liberate the northern part of eastern Aleppo from militants. Forty percent of the eastern part of the city has been freed from terrorists.”

Syrian government forces have also gained control over 12 neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, the center said.

“Residents of the freed districts are provided with humanitarian aid, food, water and essentials by the Russian center for reconciliation and Syrian authorities.”

RT reports:

“More than 3,000 civilians have left the eastern part of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said. It later reported that about 40 percent of the militant-held part of the city has been liberated.

Some 3,179 people, including 1,519 children – among them 138 newborn babies – have left Eastern Aleppo through the ‘humanitarian corridors’ set up by Syrian government forces, Russian Reconciliation Center said on Monday.

Earlier on Monday, the center reported that to date 10 neighborhoods and more than 3,000 buildings have been cleared of Al-Nusra Front militants. The militants have also been pushed out of al-Qadisiyah, a key Aleppo district.

All civilians are being cared for in aid camps where they receive medical treatment, food and sanitation.

The center said it deployed additional 150 field kitchens to distribute hot meals among civilians fleeing the embattled city.

More than 100 militants laid down their arms and left eastern Aleppo through the special corridors, the statement said.

Despite joint humanitarian efforts undertaken by the Syrian government and Russia, thousands of civilians are still kept in the eastern part of the city by militants. To minimize damage to the civilian population, the Russian and Syrian militaries suspended airstrikes and set up ‘humanitarian corridors’ for both non-combatants and militants willing to leave the area.”

Sputnik reports:

“On Tuesday, Syrian Army’s General Command called on militants to lay down arms in accordance with an amnesty decree, to stop the bloodshed, bombing of residential areas as well attacks on civilians.”

“Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is held by militants, encircled by government forces, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. Between 200,000 and 300,000 civilians are still held by terrorists in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, according to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien.”


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