© AFP | Syrian pro-government forces inspect an area on November 27, 2016 in the Masaken Hanano district in eastern Aleppo, a day after they captured it from rebel fighters
Syrian soldiers seized the area of Masaken Hanano at the weekend. EPA/SANA
The army captured the Sakhur, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, while Kurdish forces took the Sheikh Fares district from rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Syrian government forces have captured a key part of eastern Aleppo, splitting rebel-held territory.
Both state TV and the monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the district of Sakhour had fallen to the Syrian army.
The Syrian army and their allies launched a major offensive to retake control of Aleppo in September.
Thousands of civilians have left rebel-held eastern Aleppo districts after a weekend of heavy fighting.
Hundreds of families have also been displaced within the besieged area.
Retaking the whole of Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, is a key aim of the Syrian government in its fight against rebels.
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Scott Craig, the spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria, told the BBC that there were 250,000 people in need of assistance in eastern Aleppo, 100,000 of them children. Food supplies are gone, he said.
“The situation on the ground in eastern Aleppo is almost beyond the imagination of those of us who are not there,” Mr Craig said.
State TV quoted a Syrian military source as saying that government forces “are continuing their advance in eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo”.
“Our engineers are dismantling explosive devices and mines,” he added.
Rami Abdulrahman, director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters that the opposition had lost more than third of the area it controlled in Aleppo city during the recent advance.
The east of Aleppo has been held by rebel factions opposed to President Bashar al-Assad for the past four years.
In the past year, Syrian troops have broken the deadlock with the help of Iranian-backed militias and Russian air strikes.
Russia says its air force is active in other parts of the country, but not operating over Aleppo.
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