Syrian army says rebels in Aleppo can only surrender
Damascus, Oct 6 (IANS) The Syrian army has said that the rebels in the northern city of Aleppo can only surrender, as all of the supply routes to the rebel-held areas were cut off, according to the state news agency SANA.
In a statement addressing the Aleppo rebels on Wednesday, the general-command of the Syrian army said that “all the rebels in eastern Aleppo shall not wait for help from anyone as all supply routes are severed, and all they can do is to lay down their weapon.”
The army also said that it had destroyed all vital sectors the rebels use in eastern Aleppo.
Striking a threatening tone, the army announced that they have “precise information about the whereabouts of the armed men, their warehouses, and positions in eastern Aleppo,” adding that the rebels who don’t seize the chance to surrender will “face his inevitable fate.”
The army, meanwhile, renewed calls on the rebels to take advantage of a pardon issued recently, to either surrender in exchange of clearing their records with the government, or to lay down their weapons and leave eastern Aleppo with their families, possibly to other rebel-held areas in northern Syria.
The statement comes just a couple of hours after the Syrian army announced reducing the air raids over rebel-held areas in Aleppo to “enhance the humanitarian conditions” of the civilians, according to SANA.
The Western powers, mainly the United States, have recently upped their rhetoric against the Syrian government and Russia, demanding a halt of the airstrikes against rebel-held areas in Aleppo to reduce the suffering of the people and allow in humanitarian aid.
Out of its declared “frustration,” the U.S. announced earlier this week that it had suspended all talks with Russia over the cessation of hospitalities in Syria, particularly in Aleppo.
On September 20, a one-week truce in Aleppo ended without extension as tension rose between Russia and the U.S., which backs so-called moderate rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Late last month, the Syrian military announced a major offensive against rebel-held areas in Aleppo, with government officials and President Bashar al-Assad pledging to capture the whole city from rebel hands.
In recent days, the military forces succeeded to capture key areas at the entrance of eastern Aleppo, further tightening the siege on the rebel-held areas.
Aleppo, Syria’s largest province near the Turkish border and its economic hub before the crisis, is strategically vital to the warring parties.