November 30, 2016 / 2:52 PM / in a year

Rebel official says Syrian army fully repelled from south Aleppo area

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebel groups fully repelled the Syrian army and its allies from the Sheikh Saeed district in southeast Aleppo, a rebel official said on Wednesday after a Syrian military source said government troops and allied forces had captured the district.

Zakaria Malahifji, head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group, denied this, saying the insurgents had control of the area but that there were ongoing clashes.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Catherine Evans

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