Rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo fully besieged

Smoke rises after airstrikes on Aleppo’s Castello road, Syria June 2, 2016. (File Photo: Reuters)

Opposition-controlled parts of Syria’s battered northern city Aleppo are now completely besieged, a monitor and a rebel group said Sunday, after government forces severed the last route out of the east.

Regime fighters are now on the Castello Road and have fully cut it, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The eastern neighborhoods are now completely besieged,” he told AFP.

The army had advanced on July 7 to within firing range of the key supply route but had not reached the road itself. “Aleppo is now 100-percent besieged,” a rebel fighter from the Aleppo Revolutionaries group told AFP.

“The army has reached the road and even arrested a group of civilians who were walking there,” the fighter said. “They are now setting up sandbag barriers,” he said. AFP’s correspondent in one eastern rebel-controlled neighborhood said the distant sound of clashes could be heard.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48