Russian Defense Ministry official Sergei Rudskoi said on a broadcast on state television on Friday that the Syrian army and its allies are now in control of 93% of Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.
“As a result of a successful advance, 52 districts of eastern Aleppo have been freed from militants,” Rudskoi said.
“Over the past four days, territory controlled by militants decreased by one third. The Syrian army controls 93 percent of the city’s territory,” he added.
He then claimed that as many as 10,500 civilians left jihadist eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours where they reported the horrors of torture and public executions.
“Civilians who escaped from terrorists talk about new crimes committed by militants of the so-called moderate opposition in eastern Aleppo. Cases of torture, public executions and massacres of the population have been confirmed,” the Russian official said.
He then went onto pointing out that Syrian or Russian jets have not conducted any airstrikes since October 18 and that all advances made have just been from ground forces.
“I emphasize that such results [in Aleppo’s liberation] have been achieved only by Syrian army’s ground forces,” Rudskoi pointed out.