Syrian forces take control of key road in Aleppo


Syrian army soldiers patrol a street in ’s government-controlled al-Khalidiyah area on June 28, 2016. ©AFP

The Syrian army and its
allied fighters have managed to wrest control of Castello Road, the only
path into the militant-controlled eastern areas of the embattled city
of Aleppo.

Lebanon’s al-Manar TV channel reported the
advance by the Syrian troops on Tuesday, adding that they also took
control of a number of positions in Aleppo’s Layramoun district, located
on the northwestern outskirts of Aleppo.
Meanwhile, the so-called
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that Syrian forces
established full control over Layramoun after heavy clashes, and
reported fighting for neighboring Bani Zeid district, which is also held
by Takfiri terrorists.
The two neighborhoods have been used by militants to launch rockets into government-held areas in western parts of Aleppo.
SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman said that the Syrian forces had now surrounded Bani Zeid.

Syrians walk past an empty grocery market in the militant-held area of Aleppo on July 10, 2016. ©AFPIn
another development on Tuesday, ’s official agency, SANA,
reported that the army had sent text messages to residents and militants
in eastern Aleppo, saying it will grant safe passage to people wishing
to leave the area.
The Syrian military further urged the
extremists to lay down their weapons and called on eastern Aleppo
residents to “join the national reconciliation and expel the foreign
mercenaries” from their neighborhoods.
Also on Tuesday, the Syrian
armed forces liberated more than a dozen people, who were held by
al-Nusra front terrorist group in the town of Saida in the southwestern
province of Dara’a.
An unidentified source told SANA that the 14 were set free in an operation, adding that all of those rescued are in good health.
has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011. UN
Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000
people have been killed in the Syrian conflict. The UN has stopped its
official casualty count in the Middle Eastern state, citing its
inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.
Takfiri terrorists operating in the Arab country have suffered major
setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army has managed to
liberate a number of areas from the grip of the extremists.

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