RusVesna / Fort Russ
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:22 UTC
"The strategically important Sheikh-Said district has been taken by troops following fierce clashes with militants during a special operation in the south of the city," Hezbolla's press service reports in addition to publishing new, updated maps:
Before taking Sheikh-Said, Syrian troops liberated a fuel repository and the entire Sadqop neighborhood in addition to what remained under occupation of the Ar-Ramusa district.
Afterwards, the Syrian army attacked the gangs' positions in Sheikh-Said. The assault operation was launched from two directions: from Ar-Ramusa in the south and Al-Aziziyah in the east.
It is reported that bandits are fleeing to the neighboring As-Sukri bloc, where intense firefights are now raging. At the same time, Syrian troops have continued their offensive on the Al-Amiriyah area in the Qaram Al-Tarab district west of Neirab Airport.
Following a short break, government forces have continued their large-scale offensive on the positions surrounded by terrorists in eastern Aleppo. Another blow was dealt by the SAA in the student housing complex in the Halbaniya neighborhood.
Headed by Syria's Tiger Forces, the army has broken through the defenses of the Jaish al-Fath coalition on this sector of the front and routed the insurgents.
In addition to taking the dormitory complex, units of the Syrian Arab Army's Republican Guard and Lebanese Hezbollah liberated 80% of the territory surrounding Sheikh-Said in south Aleppo, eliminating a large number of terrorists.
Comment: Yesterday the Red Cross began sending employees into the liberated areas of Aleppo, to assess the situation, deliver aid, and help in reuniting disconnected families split up during their escape from the militants. The UN is negotiating to bring aid to the city, but still says "security guarantees" have not been received. The UK Foreign Office says the UN is waiting for "Assad's permission". But a diplomatic source close to the International Syria Support Group's task forces in Geneva told RIA Novosti "nothing prevents the United Nations from delivering relief to the north-eastern regions of Aleppo, liberated from the militants, since Castello road is free and safe. The issue requires coordination with the Syrian government which is willing to cooperate with the United Nations."
The State Department was typically mendacious: "With continued violence taking place in Aleppo, it is difficult to trust Russia's assertions that the path to providing aid in Aleppo is safe and secure for deliveries." Basically, the U.S. was only interested in the welfare of Aleppans while they were under the control of terrorists. Now that many have been liberated, the U.S. is not so keen on helping them. Lavrov's biting commentary:
Meanwhile, our military and the Emergencies Ministry are sending humanitarian aid and mobile hospitals. These hospitals with physicians, necessary drugs and equipment are being deployed in the east of Aleppo. So instead of whining about the fact that the residents of eastern Aleppo cannot get help we are engaged in concrete actions. We hope that international organizations, including the United Nations, will follow our example.According to the Russian reconciliation center, 6,020 people (including 3,113 children) escaped the areas still controlled by the militants yesterday. Now that many of the terrorists' fortified positions are broken, civilians have finally been able to flee to safety.
A source in the city says life in the Hanano district is already returning to normal:
"Repair crews have already arrived in the area to assess the damage. Public utilities expect to establish a fresh water supply and restore a supply of electricity within a few days. Civilians are full of determination to start everything with a clean slate despite of a dire state of property," the source said.