Tag "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights"
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.
Syrian army’s advance towards al-Bab risks triggering a confrontation with the Turkish military and its allies, groups fighting under the Free Syria Army banner, which have been waging their own campaign to take the city.
The army and the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah gained complete control of the town of Baseimah, taking them close to Ain al-Fija where the water springs are located.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes began on Sunday morning, after a lull since Saturday morning during which a new round of negotiations over repairs took place.
Syrian activists say the last evacuations of rebels and civilians from the northern city of Aleppo are being held up, while the government and opposition blame each other for the delay.
Syrian army and its allies drove rebels from strategically important area of eastern Aleppo, the army and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A Syrian military source said the army and allied forces were in complete control of the area and surrounding hills.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 15 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded by rebel shelling of government-held western Aleppo.
SAMS said only five hospitals remained operational in east Aleppo.
“They are shelling the old city heavily after another failed attempt to gain ground,” said Abu Hamam, a rebel from the Failaq al-Sham group.
The capture of the Handarat camp a few kilometres north of Aleppo marked the first major ground advance of the offensive, which the government announced.
“They are using weapons that appear to be specifically for (bringing down) buildings,” a senior official in an Aleppo-based rebel faction said.
“The fighting is flaring on all the fronts of southern Aleppo but the clashes in Amiryah are the heaviest,” Captain Abdul Salam Abdul Razak.
“UNICEF estimates that 35,000 children are trapped in and around Manbij with nowhere safe to go,” the agency’s representative in Syria, Hanaa Singer, said.
Syrian activists say warplanes believed to be Russians have attacked a central town that was recently captured by the Islamic State group.