Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. AFP / Youssef KARWASHAN
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Syria's army Thursday halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow for trapped civilians to be evacuated, Russia's foreign minister announced, after advancing regime forces cornered rebels in the city.While on the western front, Daesh (ISIS) attacked the Syrian army near the city of Palmyra, killing dozens of soldiers and advancing to within 4 kilometers of the city.Three weeks into a major offensive to retake all of Aleppo, which would put President Bashar Assad in control of Syria's major cities, the south, central spine and western flank bordering the Mediterranean, government troops have captured about 87 percent of territory rebels controlled in the city's east.At least 384 civilians have been killed in east Aleppo during the offensive, while rebel fire into the west has killed at least 105 people, the Observatory said.The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo said it was able to record 38 killed in Wednesday's violence. The Observatory said 11 were killed in Old Aleppo, seized by the government Wednesday.
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