‘Battle For Aleppo Is Over’ As Rebels Withdraw


Aleppo: The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo has ended, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said, after rebels reportedly withdrew from six remaining districts in the opposition-held east of the city.

“It is just a matter of a small period of time until it’s a total collapse,” head of the UK-based monitor Rami Abdel Rahman said on Monday afternoon.

The Syrian military claimed to have taken control of 98 per cent of rebel-held east Aleppo early on Monday morning after seizing the large industrial district of Sheikh Saeed.

The approximately 8,000 rebels – among them al-Qaeda affiliated fighters – and 250,000 civilians of the area have been cut off from reinforcements, aid and food supplies since August.

An intense Russian-backed bombing campaign since September which decimated medical infrastructure had bought the rebel enclave to its knees.

Thousands of people have fled the siege barriacades since the aerial attack intensified two weeks ago. Approximately 10,000 people are thought to have fled into regime or Kurdish held territory in the last 24 hours, and the exact number of people left in the area is unknown.