More than 1,000 militants surrenderd to Syrian government forces in Bustan Al-Qasir and Sheikh Sa’eed districts of the city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday. The surrenderd militants, have not been involved killing or kidnapping civilians in Aleppo, will be pardoned by the Syrian government.
On December 10, low intensity clashes continued in the city despite the official continuation of the ceasefire that was announced by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday.
There are little chances that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies will be able to hold the remaining eastern Aleppo pocket for a long time.
However, the specific time when the militant-held area fall into hands of government forces will depend on the ongoing US-Russian diplomatic standoff over Syria.