>> The Syrian army closer to crushing the opposition in Aleppo. After a rapid advance, it's claiming the capture of three major housing districts in the east of the city. That could split the rebel stronghold in two. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights labeling it the biggest defeat for the opposition in Aleppo since 2012.
It puts President Bashar al-Assad on the brink of recovering full control of the city. It would be a major victory after five and a half years of fighting. Eastern Aleppo has been hit by weeks of intense Russian and Syrian air strikes. Many residents already fleeing the constant shelling.
The intense fighting over the weekend uprooting thousands more from their homes. Civilians taken by government buses to temporary shelters. These people thanking Assad.>>
> The army received us. They joined up with us and got us into buses, and made us safe. We did not fear the terrorists.
We lived through four years of ill treatment in Hannana.>> Thank God. Once we arrived, they got us food, shelter, and everything. We were away from our Mother Syria, and now she has received us after five years.>> State media reporting the seized areas are being cleared of mines.
Troops reportedly already pushing ahead in nearby districts. Right now, all the initiative seems to be with the regime.