In all likelihood, the SAA and its allies will carry on their current offensive until they are satisfied that their local foes won’t be able to prevent an exodus of civilians from the key areas that need to be controlled in order to take over all of Aleppo. At that point, they will offer some sort of truce, opening up “humanitarian corridors”, so that civilians who may want to do so can leave the city. Anybody not taking up the R+6 on their offer will probably have to accept the consequences …
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The ruins of the hospital blown up by militants in 2013, was turned into a powerful reference point from which the firing was conducted on the positions of the SAA and adjusted artillery fire in the Northern part of Aleppo. The army was able to take the ruins of the hospital only on the second attempt. However, the defense of the militants was smashed and they were forced to retreat to the Southeast.
According to Syrian sources, the militants are gathering a group of about 5-6 thousand people with a certain number of artillery, armored vehicles and trucks, which must try to strike West along the outer ring of the encirclement of the city. The militia’s problem is that the impact in the area of farm Mallah gradually loses its potential effectiveness as its distance from the surrounded Jihadists has increased greatly since August. More likely is a blow from the South-West in the direction of the artillery base of Romouseh which is a little closer, but first- this attack is unlikely to be as strong as in August, and secondly, even in case of success, control of the army base and artillery base does not mean anything substantial to the militants. There are certainly variants of the blunt assault of the Western districts of Aleppo, but even in August, this scenario did nothing for the militants – they were wedged into residential neighborhoods, suffered serious losses and were forced to retreat. In General, the chances to access to Aleppo from the outside do not seem to be very large.