Before shifting his focus to Aleppo, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad concentrated on regaining control of rebel strongholds in the capital Damascus.
At Tishreen Military Hospital, medics are treating regime loyalists – said to have been attacked in Syria by opposition fighters.
“They (rebels) started to shoot at us with rockets and repeated gun fire. We were sweeping a district and a gunman fired at me. I was hit in my back. My colleague was hit too. He died as a martyr,” one man said from his hospital bed.
Another patient added: “All of my body has been affected. Debris hit my eye. They asked me why I am with the regime and why I don’t leave it and other questions like that. They have insulted the regime, the country, everything.”
Euronews correspondent Bora Bayraktar, who is in the capital, said: “Tishreen Hospital is at the heart of the violence in Damascus. It is like the black box of the violence in this city.”
More than 19,000 people are estimated to have been killed across Syria since the conflict began.