The Al-Mayadeen TV channel said about 5,000 militants and their families were to be evacuated from Aleppo. The leaders of militant groups violated agreements with the Syrian authorities on their withdrawal from the city and resumed combat operations Wednesday morning, but their attack was repelled, the Reconciliation Center said. Still, the Syrian forces observed the silence regime for 24 hours, in line with the agreement with the gunmen.
Since late November, Syrian troops and militias have been conducting an operation against armed groups in the eastern quarters of Aleppo. On Wednesday, the Reconciliation Center said the rebels controlled the territory of no more than 2.5 square kilometers.