14:07 Nov. 8, 2016
Army's latest advances in Aleppo open the way for further successes in the strategically important city, sources report
The Syrian pro-regime forces are reported to battle rebels at a strategically important district in the city of Aleppo, Reuters informs on Tuesday.
According to the conflicting reports, Syrian army supported by the Hezbollah group, have advanced in the 1070 Apartments district, opening the way into the parts of the city under their control.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based observing group, calls this advancement the regime's biggest success in Aleppo since the start of offensive operation in September.
However, spokespersons for rebels defending the eastern part of the city deny these allegations, stressing that the government troops were set back after heavy urban warfare.
"There is still a battle and the result has absolutely not been decided", a spokesman for Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters.
According to other rebel-connected sources, militants have recovered their losses in the contested area after the latest combat clashes.
The Syrian forces launched a full-scale offence operation to recapture the eastern rebel-held part of Aleppo on September 19, after quitting armistice regime with support from Russia and Hezbollah Shiite Muslim group. Since the start of the offensive, Aleppo, which is still home for over 250.000 civilians, suffers heavy bombardments and rocket strikes by Syrian and Russian air forces, as well as ground attacks.