11:29 Nov. 29, 2016
France calls to save suffering civilians in the devastated city
French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the United Nations to hold an immediate Security Council meeting over the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Reuters agency reports on Tuesday.
"More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid to get through unhindered," the minister said.
The Syrian governmental forces and allied Hezbollah fighters and Shia Iranian militants yesterday announces another huge victory over the opposition in the city. According to the statements, regime troops captured a large part of rebel-held eastern part of the city. By now, Damascus allied forces control approximately one-third swath of the eastern Aleppo, where the surrounded opposition forces are trying to make their final stand in defence.
Bashar al-Assad's forces advancement in Aleppo seems to be its biggest success in the civil war that is raging on since 2011. Their recent victories over the opposition will probably lead to retaking the rebel-held strategically important city and then to quick ultimate defeat of rebel forces, deprived of the supplies from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, according to many experts.
In the wake of the probable impending defeat, spokesperson for rebel forces say defeat in Aleppo will not mean the end of the insurgency.
Also, French and German foreign ministers are likely to discuss Syrian matters on the sidelines of November 29 Minsk meeting, where the Normandy format countries gather up to contemplate plans for implementing a ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine.