"Earlier in the day, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper said the Syrian troops paralysed the movement of the armed militant groups in the northern countryside of Aleppo after dealing precise blows against their positions and supply lines."
Damascus, July 8 - The Syrian army is working to fully besiege the rebel-held areas in the northwestern city of Aleppo, as part of the ongoing military operation against the rebel groups there, a senior military source said Tuesday.

The military operations are ongoing to complete the siege on Aleppo and the army is dealing with terrorists' positions wherever they are located, the military officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

He said the majority of the areas in Aleppo are under control of the Syrian army.

Asked whether the Syrian troops have completed their siege, the officer said the military has not announced that yet, adding that the troops were working on that currently.

The remarks came just a day after sources in the Syrian opposition said that the Syrian government troops besieged Aleppo in a bid to storm the rebel-held areas there.

Opposition activists have warned of the government troops' bid to storm the city following the troops' successive victories at the northeastern entrance of Aleppo, namely the army's recapture of an industrial city north of Aleppo.

Activists said the Syrian troops were on the verge of recapturing a military position in northeastern Aleppo, which would pave the way for them to storm rebel-held towns in the northern countryside of Aleppo and cut the logistic supply line of the rebels from neighboring Turkey.

Meanwhile, the oppositional Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition umbrella in exile, said that Aleppo has become besieged by the Syrian troops.

Luai Safi, the media spokesman of the SNC, said the situation was very critical in Aleppo for the rebels, adding that the decline of the rebels in many Syrian areas was due to the lack of the international community's seriousness in supporting the Syrian opposition.

The official SANA news agency said Tuesday that the Syrian troops killed and eliminated positions of the rebels in a total of 24 areas in Aleppo and its countryside.

Earlier in the day, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper said the Syrian troops paralysed the movement of the armed militant groups in the northern countryside of Aleppo after dealing precise blows against their positions and supply lines.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog group, said more than 7,000 rebels and civilians have been killed since early this year as a result of the rebel-on-rebel battles, which erupted over control of strategic sites and facilities, mainly oil plants in eastern Syria.


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