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    Syrian Army Liberates Refugee Camp Handarat North of Aleppo

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    The Syrian armed forces liberated the Palestinian refugee camp Handarat south of the Mallah Farms area near the city of Aleppo, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Syrian government army took control of the Palestinian refugee camp Handarat south of the Mallah Farms area near the city of Aleppo, media reported Thursday.

    According to the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel, the liberation of Handarat will put an end to the presence of armed militants in one of the areas in Aleppo's north. It is expected that the battles will move further to the region bordering with Turkey, the media added.

    Aleppo has been split between the Syrian government and opposition forces occupying respectively the western and eastern districts. The parties have been attacking each other despite the agreed ceasefire

    Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow and Damascus had launched a joint large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militants wishing to lay down arms, and said that Moscow offered the international organizations working in Syria to join this operation.

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