As Syrian government forces now control 60% of the imperative city of Aleppo, and jihadist forces on the decline, a commander of a group has said that they will ‘not surrender’ despite the dire situation.
“I asked the factions, they said ‘we will not surrender’,” said Zakaria Malahifji, the political officer of the Turkey-backed Fastaqim group in Aleppo on Saturday.
“The military commanders in Aleppo said ‘we will not leave the city. There is no problem with corridors for civilians to leave, but we will not leave the city’,” he added.
The refusal to surrender comes as Turkey and Russia have agreed to allow a 24 hour window for the remaining 900 jihadist fighters to escape the city or be pulverized.