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Syrian army breaks through into key al-Sakhour district of eastern Aleppo

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Syrian army breaks through into key al-Sakhour district of eastern Aleppo

<p>Rebel-held territory in eastern Aleppo has been split in two after Syrian government forces captured the key district of al-Sakhour.</p> <p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed it had fallen to the Army, as part of a wider, advance that has driven rebels out of a third of the area in recent days.</p> <p>The Syrian military and their allies launched a major operation in the east of Syria’s second largest city in September. This weekend alone (November 26-27), heavy fighting forced thousands of civilians to flee, while hundreds of families within the besieged districts have been displaced.</p> <p>Government forces are now said to be working to dismantle explosive devices and mines in the area.</p> <p>Eastern Aleppo has been under the control of rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad for four years.</p> <p>The United Nations says hundreds of thousands of people are in need of assistance, including at least 100,000 children.</p>