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Syria government forces capture key Aleppo district

Syrian state media is reporting that government forces have captured the eastern Aleppo neighbourhood of Sakhour, putting much of the northern part of Aleppo’s besieged rebel-held areas under state control.

State news agency SANA says government forces captured the Sakhour neighbourhood early Monday in the latest blow to rebels in Syria’s largest city.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Syrian government forces have captured some 10 neighbourhoods over the past few days, putting nearly 30 per cent of Aleppo’s formerly rebel-held neighbourhoods under government control.

“It is the biggest defeat for the opposition in Aleppo since 2012,” he told Reuters.

Government forces captured the Hanano district on Saturday, the first time they had pushed this far into eastern Aleppo since 2012.

Thousands of east Aleppo residents have fled to safety in government and Kurdish-controlled areas of the city.

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People salvage goods from an aid convoy that was damaged during an airstrike in the rebel held area of al-Sakhour district of Aleppo on June 4. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)