The rebel Free Syrian Army has retreated from the embattled district of Salaheddin in Aleppo on Thursday as Assad’s forces advance.
Hossam Abu Mohammed, an FSA insurgent commander said: “We have staged a tactical withdrawal from Salaheddin. The district is completely empty of rebel fighters. Regime forces are now advancing into Salaheddin.”
The rebels are still in streets near the key neighbourhood, said Abu Mohammed, who commands the FSA’s Dara al-Shahbaa Brigade. “We are in the Saif al-Dawla and Mashhad districts” east of Salaheddin, he said.
He cited the violent bombardment by regime forces as the reason behind the FSA withdrawal.