BEIRUT: (APP) Syrian government troops seized five new districts of eastern Aleppo on Tuesday, including the strategic Shaar neighbourhood, a monitoring group said.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , the fresh advance puts the government in control of more than 70 percent of the former rebel stronghold in Aleppo's east
"Regime forces took full control of Shaar, Dahret Awad, Juret Awad, Karam al-Beik, and Karam al-Jabal," the Britain-based monitor said on Tuesday.
"The regime is cornering the rebels even further," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
Their rapid advance has left rebels reeling in their shrinking enclave in southeast Aleppo.
Abdel Rahman told AFP the government could now wage a "war of attrition" on encircled rebel groups.
Syrian state news agency SANA confirmed that Syrian troops overran Shaar and several other districts on Tuesday.