Following a barrage of airstrikes, missiles and artillery bombardment over the past 24 hours on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) moved in on the Bustan al-Bashra neighbourhood and engaged with Islamist militants held up in the district.

Following up on gains achieved in late September, the SAA’s Republican Guard conducted close-quarter manuevers today which saw government troops seize control of numerous buildings in the Bustan al-Bashra district on Saturday morning. Clashes are ongoing.

A military source close to Al-Masdar News said that 11 insurgents were killed during firefights with the Republican Guard.

Islamist rebels still maintain a small presence in the northern part of the Bustan al-Bashra district; however, the SAA will likely attempt to expel them in the coming days.

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