Assad regime retrieves parts of Aleppo, puts siege again on rebel-held areas

Assad regime retrieves parts of Aleppo, puts siege again on rebel-held areas
A girl buried under the rubble after Assad regime's airstrikes on the rebel-held areas of Aleppo last week

Assad regime forces have recaptured parts of Aleppo city which were lost to rebels last month, placing rebel-held districts in the city’s east once again under siege, monitors said.

The areas recaptured, after weeks of bombardment and attempts to drive the rebels back, included the government’s Ramousah military complex on the city’s southwestern outskirts.

Rebels captured the complex last month in an assault that broke through the first government siege of eastern Aleppo.

Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim rebel group confirmed reports that the complex had been retaken by government forces. That place eastern Aleppo under siege, he said.

UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that government troops had retaken the Armaments Academy and Air Force Technical College.

“The army took control of the artillery academy, so they control all the academies, and the eastern neighborhoods are under a full siege,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Observatory.

Assad regime’s state media also reported on the advance and recapture of the military academies.

Bashar al-Assad, who is the current Syrian president and the root cause of the Syrian crisis, is backed by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. He wants to recapture all of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city before the five-year-old conflict.

The Syrian crisis began as a peaceful demonstration against the injustice in Syria. Assad regime used to fire power and violence against the civilians and led to armed resistance. 450.000 Syrians lost their lives in the past five years according to UN estimates.