DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The situation in Aleppo has been seriously deteriorating over the recent months. Thousands of citizens are believed to be trapped in the terrorist-besieged eastern parts of Aleppo with no access to food or water.
"We announced the beginning of military operations in Aleppo after channels for political dialogue closed. When countries in the West and the Middle East supporting terrorists closed the door to dialogue, we had to take military action," Brig. Gen. Samir Suleiman, Head of the Media Affairs of the Syrian Army's Political Office, said.
The specific date of when the Syrian government forces' campaign in Aleppo will end has not yet been determined, Samir Suleiman told Sputnik.
"The date of completion of the operation is not determined. We can confirm that it is continuing and it has not stopped."
Suleiman clarified that "this does not mean that the operation is now progressing at the same pace as in the beginning."