Russian state media reports that Syrian regime forces are now conducting a “cleanup” of remaining “radical” fighters in eastern Aleppo.
RIA Novosti reports that the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria (TsPP) has said:
“The Syrian army’s operation to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo controlled by militants has been completed. Syrian government forces are liquidating isolated pockets of radical resistance.”
This appears to confirm reports from within Aleppo that fighting has broken out again.
The TsPP claimed earlier this morning that all women and children had been evacuated – a claim at odds with almost all reports from the city.
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Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reports that the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides In Syria (TsPP) has announced that all women and children have now been evacuated from eastern Aleppo.
“All the women and children who were in the neighborhoods controlled by militants have been evacuated.”
This stands at odds with media reports that thousands of civilians remain trapped in the besieged city.
The evacuation effort was halted this morning, with a convoy carrying some 800 people halted and ordered to turn back by regime-allied fighters.