Aleppo: rebels give up, battle ends after years of bloodshed

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Syrian rebel fighters stand in a damaged section of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the old city of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo – Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo agreed to withdraw from the besieged eastern part of the war-ravaged city on Tuesday evening, after a ceasefire agreement was reached.

The rebel resistance ended after the armed opposition groups suffered heavy losses under siege and bombardment by the Syrian Army forces, allied militias and the Russian Air Force.

“The battle for Aleppo has ended with a victory for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and Russia,” human rights activist Louay al-Halabi told ARA News.

This comes after years of fighting that claimed lives of tens of thousands in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Local sources told ARA News that over 100,000 people were evacuated from the formerly rebel-held Eastern Aleppo. Most of them headed to the regime-controlled western neighborhoods of the city.

“Over the last hour we have received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped, it has stopped,” Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council on Tuesday evening. “The Syrian government has established control over east Aleppo.”

In the meantime, spokesman of the al-Shamiya Front rebel group, Salih al-Zein, told ARA News: “We have resisted pro-Assad militias for years. But, unfortunately, nobody helped us.”

“We have lost many brave men in this fight. Eventually, the regime that has massacred tens of thousands of innocent civilians with barrel bombs was saved by Russia and Iranian militias,” the rebel spokesman said.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed | Source: ARA News

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