During the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) capture of the Hanano district in northeastern Aleppo on Saturday, around 600 local residents were able to escape rebel-held Aleppo.
Although several instances of small groups enduring the same journey have surfaced in recent weeks, this marks the first large batch of civilians who have safely reached government-held Aleppo safely. On Tuesday, 48 civilians also left rebel-held districts.
In one case earlier today, a Syrian soldier was reunited with his family for the first time since the summer of 2012:
Syrian soldier Meet his family in hanano house for first time since 4 years pic.twitter.com/EwvOnMS6ho
— Yusha Yuseef (@MIG29_) November 26, 2016
Estimates vairy greatly regarding the civilian population in rebel-held districts of Aleppo; between 40,000 and 275,000 civilians are said to be trapped inside the rebel pocket.