Briefing by Chief of the Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Syrian army controls 93 % of eastern Aleppo

9 December، 2016
Moscow, SANA

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation affirmed that security and stability were restored to 93% of the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city due to the Syrian army’s successful operations.

Chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate Sergei Rudskoy stressed that Russian and Syrian warplanes have not carried out airstrikes around Aleppo since October 18, pointing out that as a result of a successful advance, 52 districts of eastern Aleppo have been freed from militants by the Syrian army’s ground forces.

Rudskoy pointed out that civilians who escaped from terrorists in the eastern neighborhoods of the city talked about torture and public executions by the so-called “moderate opposition” to prevent them from leaving towards the areas controlled by the Syrian army, adding that Russia is working on documenting all terrorists’ crimes.

He added that more than 1,000 militants have surrendered arms and left eastern Aleppo, 953 of them have been granted amnesty.

Rudskoy said that dozens of tons of humanitarian aid are delivered to liberated Aleppo districts on a daily basis in parallel with conducting the reconstruction of infrastructure and offering medical aid to the population, pointing out that civilians will be able to return to their houses in Aleppo and the whole other liberated residential areas soon.

The Hmeimim-based Russian Coordination Center announced that around 11,000 civilians, including 4000 children, exited the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo during the past 24 hours.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal