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Syrian gov't carries out fresh strikes on rebel positions

Reporter: Alaa Ebrahim 丨 CCTV.com

12-26-2016 05:11 BJT

The Syrian government took full control of Aleppo on Thursday for the first time in four years. The rebel pullout from Aleppo marks President Bashar Assad's greatest victory since the conflict began in 2011. So what's the current situation on the ground, and how are people in the city coping now?

Once again , battles in Aleppo rage. The Syrian air force has carried out a series of strikes on rebel positions on the western outskirts of the city. The raids came in retaliation to rebel shelling on the Seif Al-Doula district in Aleppo, that killed at least six civilians.

A military source told CCTV that the ongoing strikes are not part of a large scale military offensive but are merely a deterrent.

Syrian army units are still engaged in search and clearing operations in the recently retaken eastern districts of Aleppo and it seems the military will need some time to regroup before embarking on another major attack against militants.

Sources close to the Syrian government say the rebel shelling aims to prevent the government savoring its victory in Aleppo, adding that Damascus will do whatever it takes to solidify its position in the city that was Syria’s largest prior to the beginning of the conflict.

Meanwhile many residents of Aleppo fear that repeated rebel rocket attacks will once again send their city into an endless cycle of violence after many believed the war in Aleppo was over.

 

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