Syrians Celebrate Near Total Liberation Of Aleppo

ASyrian soldier carries a wounded woman in eastern Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Syria's military said Monday it has regained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, as government forces close in the last remaining sliver of a rebel enclave packed with fighters as well as tens of thousands of civilians. (SANA via AP)

ASyrian soldier carries a wounded woman in eastern Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Syria’s military said Monday it has regained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, as government forces close in the last remaining sliver of a rebel enclave packed with fighters as well as tens of thousands of civilians. (SANA via AP)

The Syrian army said it has liberated 99 percent of the eastern half of the city of Aleppo, causing residents to fill the streets in celebration.

The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defenses collapsed Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground.

Rebels withdrew from all districts on the east side of the Aleppo River on Monday afternoon after losing Sheikh Saeed in the south of their pocket in overnight fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


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