Residents fleeing the eastern part of Aleppo gather in Masaken Hanano, a former rebel-held district which was retaken by the regime forces last week.
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Syrian rebels Wednesday vowed to fight on in east Aleppo in the face of sudden government advances that have cut the area held by the opposition by a third in recent days and brought insurgents in the city to the brink of a catastrophic defeat.Rebels denied this, saying the government's advance had been repelled.A Syrian military source denied this, saying there had been no arrests, but adding that displaced people whose identities were not known were being moved into "specific places" in the areas of Aleppo where fleeing civilians were found. In their attack Wednesday, government forces stepped up the use of airstrikes, including in Aleppo's Old City, according to a rebel official.
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