December 6, 2016 / 4:52 PM / in a year

Russia says Syrian army takes control of five more areas of Aleppo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces had taken control of five more districts of eastern Aleppo, Russian news agencies reported.

Smoke rises after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged eastern Aleppo, Syria December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The Syrian army has now taken over 35 districts that were previously controlled by rebels opposed to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the ministry was quoted as saying.

Russia backs Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Gareth Jones

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