Syrian government troops have gained control of 50% of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo, says a military spokesman. Gen Samir Sulaiman told the BBC he hoped all of Aleppo would be in government hands within weeks.
Gen Sulaiman was speaking a day after the army seized another district, Tariq al-Bab, from the rebels opposing President Bashar al-Assad. Swathes of east Aleppo held by rebels have been seized by government troops and militiamen in the past three weeks. Earlier reports on Saturday had suggested as much as two-thirds of the rebel-held area had been recaptured.
Some 250,000 people remain trapped in besieged areas of the city. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. The United Nations this week said conditions in east Aleppo were now so dire that medical operations were being conducted without anaesthetics.(BBC,2015)