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Last stand for Aleppo's rebels

The Syrian army and its allied militias are pushing deeper into east Aleppo as rebel lines collapse and their last urban stronghold looks closer than ever to falling. The fighters withdrew from at least six more east Aleppo neighbourhoods in the face of goverment advances, including al-Salheen, al-Firdous and Bustan al-Qasr, once one of the most fortified districts under opposition control.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 60 people were killed by gunfire or shelling as government forces pushed into the Aleppo's remaining opposition-held districts. "The battle of Aleppo has reached its end. It is just a matter of a small period of time, no more, no less ... it's a total collapse," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the UK-based monitoring network's director. Syrian refugees in the Turkish border city of Gaziantep and the capital Istanbul held solidarity protests on Monday night in support of the people in east Aleppo, as the government stepped up its bombardment. 

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