DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — According to media reports, Syrian army now controls over 80 percent of the city.
"After a series of powerful artillery attacks on command posts and firing positions of the enemy, the army began storming Kalyasa and Sukkari [districts]. At the same time, it pushed most of the radicals out of the Sheikh Saeed, attacking from the southern flank," the source said.
Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government forces, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. Internationally mediated ceasefires have collapsed as militants continued attacks and opposition failed to expel terrorists from the city.