December 11, 2016 / 11:00 AM / 8 months ago

Aleppo rebel zone facing 'death or surrender' - rebel official

Smoke and flames rise after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged area of Aleppo, as seen from a government-held side, in Syria December 11, 2016.Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels control only a small area of Aleppo that is full of civilians and under very fierce bombardment after pro-government forces took the al-Maadi district, a Turkey-based official with the Jabha Shamiya rebel group said on Sunday.

Rebel groups in Aleppo had received no word about U.S.-Russia talks to resolve the crisis in Aleppo, the official said, warning that it would end "in a tragic way" without outside intervention and that they faced "death or surrender".

Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland

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