Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces

Tens of thousands of civilians have streamed out of the Aleppo's east, and Russia has renewed calls for humanitarian corridors so aid can enter and desperate residents can leaveSyrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said, with the UN now facing a “race against time” to aid children forced out by the bloody offensive. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have made swift gains since their offensive against Aleppo — once Syria’s commercial powerhouse — began on November 15. Dozens of families trickled out Friday, adding to the more than 50,000 people who have poured from east Aleppo into territory controlled by government forces or local Kurdish authorities, the Observatory said.

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