Syrian troops capture additional areas of rebel-held Aleppo

27, 2016 photo provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows people fleeing rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsoud area that is controlled by Kurdish fighters, Syria.

According to activist and monitoring groups, the opposition had lost nearly 45 percent of the territory it held east of central Aleppo by Monday, and with the army's siege, infighting among the rebel factions and reports of mounting resentment by locals, they didn't seem to be in a position to defend their remaining ground.

Rebels have lost most of the northern neighbourhoods in besieged east Aleppo, a monitor said on Monday, as the army pushed an offensive to retake the whole of Syria's second city.

SOHR director Rami Abdulrahman: Biggest defeat for the ISIS in Aleppo since 2012.

The civil defence in Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo has exhausted its fuel reserve and all fuel remaining in its vehicles and equipment will run out within two days, an official in the organization said.

The cross-party parliamentary letter echoed the call, warning Prime Minister Theresa May that "the time for excuses is over" and that "nearly 100,000 children are facing the slowest, cruellest death because we can not reach them with food and medical supplies".

Thousands of civilians, many of whom had refused to leave despite the suffocating siege and bombardment that tested the limits of endurance, fled the enclave over the weekend and Monday.

Government forces have taken more and more territory from them since Russian Federation intervened to back its ally, President Assad, in September 2015.

(BEIRUT, LEBANON) The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a swathe of eastern Aleppo from ISIS on Monday in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. Thirty members of pro-Assad forces were killed in the clashes, including those belonging to militias loyal to Damascus.

In a message to journalists late Sunday, an English teacher, gave voice to the anger and disenchantment described by many still trapped in east Aleppo.

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"There is great, great pressure on the fighters in Aleppo and there is very ferocious shelling and heavy attrition of people and ammunition", said the rebel fighter. "We want to see opportunity for humanitarian aid to have access to Aleppo and we will be pressing for that at the United Nations security council", May said in parliament.

Russian and Syrian warplanes have targeted areas controlled by IS in the city. Bana said she had been crying ever since.

It also potentially would free up Assad's forces to advance on the Islamic State group, including the northeastern city of Raqqa, the extremists' de facto capital.

Traditionally warm relations between Russia and Turkey turned frosty after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian-Turkish border previous year.

Syria's Al-Watan daily, which is close to the government, said the army was advancing quickly.

Stephen O'Brien says Tuesday that thousands more are likely to flee if fighting continues to spread in the coming days.

"We are deeply concerned about the impact of the fighting on the civilian population in Aleppo", he told AFP.

With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, Assad is on the brink of returning Syria's largest city to his control.

In Syrian state television, exhausted civilians were seen to be waiting for a green bus (a modified school bus) to carry them outside government-controlled areas, their destination was unknown.

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