Rebels in eastern Aleppo have held ground within the Sheikh Saeed neighborhood as they continue to clash with regime troops, in an attempt to protect the southern parts of the enclave south after Syrian forces made sweeping territorial gains within the north.
Syrian troops backed by militia gunmen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad entered eastern Aleppo on Saturday as well as have seized the entire northeast. They are today in control of more than 20% of eastern Aleppo.
Rebel groups, which have controlled eastern Aleppo for more than four years, on Thursday announced a brand new alliance, the Aleppo’s Army coalition, under the leadership of a rebel named Abu Abdul Rahman Nour.
In a statement, the coalition said This specific aimed “to save Aleppo as well as its people.” This specific is usually seen a sign of which they may be willing to negotiate with the regime under one umbrella.
At least 40 people were killed in shelling on Thursday as they were trying to flee rebel-held areas, the Aleppo Media Center said. The death toll has reached more than 0 since Saturday, according to various activist groups.
The regime’s ground operation has been backed by intense airstrikes of which have caused severe damage to parts of eastern Aleppo. On Thursday’s rebels won a short respite via the strikes, as heavy rain prevented warplanes via attacking.
If the regime takes all of Aleppo — the last urban rebel stronghold in Syria — This specific would likely mark a turning point within the war, putting Assad’s government back in control of all four major cities, generating a political opposition less likely.
The 15-member UN Security Council held an emergency meeting in brand new York on Wednesday, at which the US continued to blame Russia for backing the Syrian regime’s “atrocities” in eastern Aleppo.
Russia is usually the most powerful ally of Assad’s regime as well as has carried out airstrikes since September 2015 to prop up the embattled leader. yet Moscow has tried to distance itself via the current assault, denying This specific is usually currently bombing the city.
Russia has regularly used its veto power as a permanent member of the council to shoot down resolutions on Syria. China, also a permanent member, has also voted against some of them.
At the heart of the deadlock is usually of which Russia as well as Syria consider all rebel groups within the country terrorist groups, while some of the very same rebels are considered moderate by the US as well as have been armed as well as supported by Washington to fight ISIS.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien made yet another plea for the council to adopt a resolution put forward by Egypt, brand new Zealand as well as Spain for a 10-day pause within the fighting as well as bombing to allow desperately needed aid into the war zone.
“For the sake of humanity, we call on, we plead with the parties as well as those with influence to do everything in their power to protect civilians as well as enable access to the besieged part of eastern Aleppo before This specific becomes one giant graveyard,” O’Brien told council members during the meeting.
‘Let Aid In’
Since the ground operation began on Saturday, at least 27,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo neighborhoods, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told journalists Thursday.
yet around 0,000 people remain, as well as aid is usually only reaching those who have fled to the government-controlled west as well as Kurdish-controlled areas, Egeland said.
The UN had hoped Russia as well as Syria would likely allow a pause in fighting to gain access to the east, he said, adding of which 400 people there were in desperate need of medical evacuation.
The UN has been looking for a concrete guarantee via Russia as well as Syria of which their aid trucks will be given safe passage.
Gareth Bayley, Britain’s special representative for Syria, said just all 5 of 25 planned aid convoys were able to make deliveries in November.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday of which Moscow was prepared to cooperate with President-elect Donald Trump as well as his administration on fighting terrorism.
The Syrian war has also raised tensions between Russia as well as Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled feathers in Moscow after he said on Tuesday of which Ankara sent its forces into Syria to help end “the rule of the cruel Assad.” Turkey backs several anti-Assad rebel groups in Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Thursday, as well as the two stood firm on their positions within the conflict, yet agreed of which a ceasefire was necessary.