ter weeks of relentless bombardments, the battle for Aleppo could soon be over. Russia says the Syrian army now controls 93% of the city, and says the rest should soon fall into government hands. Eastern Aleppo's been under rebel control for four years. But in a major victory for the government, the Syrian Army retook old Aleppo earlier this week.
For those returning, the scale of the destruction's been hard to take in. Little now remains of the historic bathhouses and markets that once graced Syria's second city. The armies driven rebels out of most of the eastern part of the city over the past two weeks, and Russia says hundreds have laid down their arms.
Caught in the fears fighting thousands of civilians have also fled. Some to government held areas while others fearing the reprisals have headed to the few remaining rebel held districts. The Syrian government and its allies say victory in Aleppo is near. But despite their confidence, rebel leaders in the city have so far shown no sign they're about to surrender.