ALEPPO, Syria, Nov. 27 (UPI) — Hundreds of Syrian civilians are fleeing into portions of Aleppo newly controlled by government-backed forces. Meanwhile, pro-government forces continue to lay siege to parts of the city still held by rebel groups.
Several hundred Aleppo civilians flooded into the Masaken Hanano neighborhood after Syrian troops retook the rebel stronghold on Saturday. Masaken Hanano was one of the first neighborhoods taken by opposition forces when civil war broke out in 2012.
According to the latest reports, residents of the besieged neighborhoods of Hulluk, Sheikh Fares and Sakhour are now seeking refuge in Masaken Hanano. As many as 400 arrived overnight, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Having regained control of several rebel strongholds, forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad are now pushing further into eastern Aleppo in an attempt to cleave the rebel half in two. Government forces executed air strikes against opposition-held neighborhoods on Sunday.
The airstrikes …