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Facing a bitter victory in Aleppo

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 01:35

Syrian army officials inspect the Old City of Aleppo after regaining full control of it. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Syrian forces walk through the streets of the old city of Aleppo. Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo have called for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and the wounded. They gave no indication they were ready to withdraw, as demanded by Damascus and Moscow. For the army - It's a kind of victory march -- they now have full control of the old city -- although the battle for Aleppo is not over yet. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEADER OF THE MILITARY OPERATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT FORCES, MAJOR GENERAL ZAID SALEH, SAYING: "The message we want to send to those armed terrorists is as follows: 'Either you come out in accordance to the Syrian conditions or you will meet your death for sure." Rebels have lost control of about 75 percent of their territory in eastern Aleppo in less then 10 days. The Syrian government now appears closer to victory than at any point since protests against Assad evolved into an armed rebellion some five years ago. A victory that would come with a bitter legacy. The war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of people, made more than half of all Syrians homeless, and created the world's worst refugee crisis.

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Facing a bitter victory in Aleppo

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 01:35