Following massive unprecedented gains inside Aleppo city over the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its operations around the remaining insurgent pocket.
As the Tiger Forces settled in on the northern flank of Aleppo International Highway, other SAA factions engaged in heavy firefights and artillery exchanges with insurgents at the Sheikh Lufti district in the southeastern part of the city.
Here, the Desert Hawks Brigade, Republican Guard, Liwa al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade) and Liwa al-Baqir (Syrian paramilitary) targeted positions held by Fatah Halab rebel groups. Subsequently, the joint pro-government forces captured about a dozen buildings in the Sheikh Lufti area on Monday after the recent capture of the nearby ‘police hill’.
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Additionally, Syrian government troops found themselves heavily occupied with facilitating the departure of over 10,000 civilians from formerly rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo in what can only be described as a mass exodus. In at least one instance, Islamist rebels opened fire on the fleeing civilians to prevent them from leaving.