government forces have re-captured Aleppo’s central district of
al-Farafirah from terrorists, state outlet SANA reported, citing army
the Syrian Army is now in control of al-Farafirah with sappers
currently clearing the area from “mines
and improvised explosive devices planted by terrorists.”
army retook control of the entire al-Farafirah district northwest of
the Aleppo citadel after neutralizing many terrorists. Units are now
demining the area,” AFP
quoted a military source as saying.
their retreat, the terrorists left munitions and weapons, including
large-caliber machine guns, RIA Novosti reports, citing another
source with knowledge of the matter.
have been able for the first time in several years to move the front
in Aleppo,” the
Russian news agency’s source said.
added that the Syrian Army suffered no losses in the operation, which
began in the early hours of Tuesday.
district of Al-Farafirah is located north-west of Aleppo’s main
historical landmark, the Citadel – a large medieval fortified
palace in the center of the old city. Syrian troops are also
demining in other districts in Aleppo, including that of al-Ramusi.
area, liberated about three weeks ago, is considered extremely
important since it is used by humanitarian convoys to deliver food
and medicine to people in the war-ravaged city.
Aid delivery, in
particular to the city of Aleppo, is one of the main parts of the
agreement reached between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and
his US counterpart, John Kerry, on September 9 in Geneva.
deal, however, suffered a major blow when a UN-led humanitarian
convoy heading to Aleppo was attacked on September 19. One aid worker
and 20 civilians died as a result, according to a Red Cross
representative. It is still not clear who was behind the attack.
World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations said last week
that they plan to resume aid convoys. Rights groups and the UN have
repeatedly condemned the dire situation in Aleppo. It is estimated
that nearly 250,000 people inside the city are short of food,
medicine and other basics.
July this year, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria and the
country’s government established several corridors for civilians
willing to escape Aleppo.
plight of the population in the war-ravaged city has been worsened by
the repeated shelling from terrorist groups in the past two weeks,
according to the Russian military.
September 19, Al-Nusra Front terrorists launched a massive advance on
the Syrian Army and residential areas in southwest Aleppo, the
Russian Defense Ministry said at the time. According to the ministry,
terrorists used “mortars
and missile systems.”