- Title: Mortars hit government-held western Aleppo
- Date: 5th December 2016
- Summary: WESTERN ALEPPO, SYRIA (DECEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) VIEW OF WESTERN ALEPPO / AUDIO OF SHELLING SMOKE RISING FROM IZAA DISTRICT WHERE CLASHES ARE TAKING PLACE SYRIAN ARMY SOLDIERS AND HEAVY WEAPONS FIRING IN IZAA DISTRICT / SMOKE RISING IN DISTANCE / SYRIAN ARMY SOLDIERS SMOKE SEEN RISING IN DISTANCE / VIEW OF WESTERN ALEPPO / BOMBING CAN BE HEARD SMOKE RISING AFTER A MORTAR HIT MERIDIEN STREET / IZAA DISTRICT, SMOKE IN DISTANCE, BOMBING HEARD SMOKE RISING OVER MERIDIEN STREET / BOMBING CAN BE HEARD / IZAA DISTRICT SMOKE RISING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF WESTERN ALEPPO / BOMBING HEARD
- Embargoed: 20th December 2016 10:24
- Keywords: Syria Aleppo bombing unrest mortars
- Location: WESTERN ALEPPO, SYRIA
- City: WESTERN ALEPPO, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BLXSNB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Armed Syrian rebels fired mortars on districts in government-held western Aleppo on Monday (December 5), as government forces and their allies advanced into al-Shaar in the eastern part of the city.
Plumes of smoke rose over various parts of the government-held area of the city, where heavy bombing could be heard.
Syrian army could be seen firing from western Aleppo's Izaa district.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army and its allies advanced into another rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo on Monday, as the army drew closer to opposition-held parts of the Old City.
The Observatory said government forces had bombarded rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo intensely since midnight.
Having captured swathes of eastern Aleppo from rebels in the last two weeks, the army and its allies are seeking to drive a wedge between the al-Shaar neighbourhood and the remaining part of rebel-held eastern Aleppo to the southwest.
The rebels defending al-Shaar may be forced to abandon it or risk being cut off from the other areas, rebel sources say.
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