Syria rebels withdraw from old Aleppo

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Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo’s old city, an activist monitoring group has said, the BBC reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pull-back came after days of heavy fighting, as government forces moved to split the remains of the rebel enclave in Syria’s second city.

The rebels have held the area around the ancient citadel for four years.

The Syrian military now holds more than two-thirds of eastern Aleppo and is seeking to control the whole city.

Tens of thousands of civilians are still trapped in the last of the rebel-held districts.

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