Syria government forces retake largest Aleppo rebel district

Aleppo, Syrian forces have retaken the largest rebel-controlled area in east Aleppo.

The capture of Hanano district, in north-east Aleppo, gives the army an advantage in its drive to seize other opposition-held areas, activists say.

Hundreds of civilians have reportedly fled into Hanano.

Some 275,000 people are under siege as the army’s offensive – now in its 13th day – continues. The assault has killed 219 civilians, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Among the victims were 27 children, the monitoring group added. Reports suggest there is a lack of medical supplies and food.

Capturing all of Aleppo would be a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after six and a half years of conflict.

Hanano was the first neighbourhood in Aleppo taken by rebels in 2012.

Syrian forces regained the district on Saturday – a move making it easier for them to isolate the northern districts of east Aleppo from the southern ones.

Source- BBC Middle East

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