Syrian army forces have managed to regain control of a neighborhood of Aleppo from the Jaish al-Fatah terrorist group in their latest advance against militants in the contested northwestern city.
The Minian neighborhood was recaptured on Wednesday, forcing terrorists into the nearby Dahiyat al-Assad district.
The militants had seized large parts of Minian on Saturday in a desperate attempt to counter the gains made by the Syrian government forces.
Aleppo has been a major frontline in Syria’s fight against different Takfiri militant groups. Extremists have occupied the city’s eastern flanks for several years.
Militants reject Russia’s initiative for Aleppo pause
Also on Wednesday, militants in Syria dismissed Russia's proposal for a humanitarian pause in Aleppo, which urged the extremists to stop fighting and leave the embattled city’s eastern parts.
Zakaria Malahifji of the Fastaqim Union militant group said, "This is completely out of the question. We will not give up the city of Aleppo to the Russians and we won't surrender.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a 10-hour humanitarian pause in Aleppo scheduled for Friday and ordered that aid corridors would also be open on the day, along with two new exit routes for the militants.
However, Malahifji claimed that there were no safe corridors out of Aleppo.
Aleppo residents charged for exit
Meanwhile, a video was leaked on social media showing terrorists charging Aleppo residents for letting them leave the city.
The footage showed copies of a Jaish al-Fatah statement, saying the terror outfit would allow locals under 14 and over 55 to exit Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods only if they paid 150,000 Syrian pounds (about $300).
The statement further went on to point out that the sum would be used to buy weapons and ammunition for the militants.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Backed by Russian air cover, the Syrian military is engaged in an operation to rid the country of terrorist groups.
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