Russia says Syrian government controls 93% of Aleppo

Syrian pro-government forces walk past rubble in Aleppo's Jdeideh neighbourhood on Dec 9, 2016.
Syrian pro-government forces walk past rubble in Aleppo's Jdeideh neighbourhood on Dec 9, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Syrian government now controls 93 per cent of Aleppo, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday (Dec 10).

"People are leaving through humanitarian corridors in a continuous flow into the part of the city that is controlled by the Syrian government," Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, according to Interfax.

"A large part of Aleppo - 93 per cent - is today controlled by the Syrian government." Konashenkov added that after the removal of civilians was completed, Syrian government forces would continue to "liberate"eastern Aleppo.