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Aleppo: Syrian Army says it has control of contested district of city


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Aleppo: Syrian Army says it has control of contested district of city

The Syrian army says it has taken control of a district in Aleppo City after an intense offensive by rebel groups.

A video released by the Syrian army showed itssoldiers walking through the streets of the district of Jamiyat al-Zahra.

Aleppo is 50 km south of the Turkish border. It was Syria’s most populous city before the country’s descent into civil war. It has been partitioned into zones of government and insurgent control since 2012.

On Saturday, President Assad’s army and his allies, the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, said they launched a major assault to recapture the rebel-held city of Zabadani.

Zabadani is of crucial importance. Not only is it near Damascus but it is also close to the main highway linking the Syrian capital to Lebanon’s capital city Beirut.

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