>> Leave or face your inevitable fate, a message from the Syrian army to people in the rebel held sector of Aleppo. Issued late Wednesday, the warning comes nearly two weeks into a Russian backed assault on the city that has killed hundreds. The army saying it had cut insurgence supply lines and had accurate information about their arm stores and positions.
Earlier, it said it would reduce airstrikes and shelling to let people get out if they wanted to. Telling even that rebels to lay down their weapons and go. Syria's second cities have critical importance to both sides. Reuters Angus McDowall reports from neighboring Lebanon.>> The Eastern sector of Aleppo, home to about a quarter of a million people is the last major urban stronghold still in rebel hands.
And as such, it's fall to President Bashar al-Assad and the forces that back him, would constitute a crippling blow to the insurgency.>> Damascus is making gains, its forces on Thursday seizing about half of Bustan al-bBsha, a rebel held neighborhood close to the city center. It's going all out to retake the city.
But victory in Aleppo won't necessarily mean winning the war.>> Even if government and the forces that back it manage overrun Aleppo to regain control over large sections of the country, what they may then face instead is a new kind of insurgency, guerilla warfare. Waged inside areas that they believe they control, and which maybe just as difficult to stamp out.
>> The scale of a Aleppo's destruction has prompted into national outrage. The United States this week ending talks with Russia over reviving a cease fire deal. Eyeing victory on the battlefield, Moscow and Damascus seem wholly undeterred.>>