Syrian government troops and their allies have managed to retake full control of a neighborhood southeast of Aleppo, which has been turned into a major frontline in the fight against terrorists.
An unidentified Syrian military source announced the recapture of the Sheikh Saeed district on Wednesday. However, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that militant groups still controlled a third of the neighborhood.
Separately on Wednesday, Russia expressed its readiness to escort aid agencies into recently retaken areas of eastern Aleppo. Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff said that despite the announcement, Moscow had not received any requests from the United Nations or anyone else so far.
Rudskoi also noted that the Syrian government forces had completely purged terrorists from the Castello road, which is the only supply line into militant-held eastern Aleppo. The Russian official further stressed that his country’s air force had not conducted anti-terror airstrikes on Aleppo over the past 44 days.
Syria has been gripped by deadly foreign-sponsored militancy for over five years. The situation in Aleppo is of particular concern as the city remains divided between government forces in the west and terrorists in the east.
Since last September, Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign against Daesh and other terror outfits in Syria at the Damascus government’s request.