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Syrian forces capture key parts of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, state media says

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By Euronews
Syrian forces capture key parts of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, state media says

<p>Syrian government forces have seized several areas of eastern Aleppo, including the key-rebel-held district of Al Sharr, state media and monitors are reporting. </p> <p>If true, it represents a major advance for President Bashar al-Assad and means Syria’s army now controls nearly 70 percent of the east of the battle-worn city having retaken about two-thirds of opposition held areas over the past week. </p> <p>The rapid gains appear to have left rebel fighters scrabbling to defend the territory they still hold. </p> <p>The offensive is also thought to have displaced tens of thousands of civilians with both Damascus and Moscow vowing to wipe out any remaining resistance. </p> <p>Despite the dire humanitarian situation inside Aleppo, on Monday both Russia and China blocked a draft UN resolution demanding a seven-day truce in the city to evacuate the sick and wounded and allow vital aid to get in. </p> <p>Russia’s ambassador argued that any lull in the violence would allow rebels to regroup.</p>