by Ariadna Theokopoulos
Friday, August 10th, 2012
The Syrian ‘northern capital,” Aleppo, where fierce battles between the army and the armed opposition troops have been going on since the end of , has changed hands.
Government troops entered the central part of the city on Thursday. Special mission units are searching through the old districts adjoining the medieval fortress towering over Aleppo.
The rebels’ command had to confirm their surrender.
According to a local news agency, the residents of Aleppo are welcoming the army and expressing their gratitude for defending them from gangs of militants.
Syria’s government troops have entered the center of Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial hub.
They are now conducting a clean-up operation which can take a couple of days due to the city’s dense and tangled architecture.
According to the media, locals welcome the troops and thank them for liberation from the militants.
The troops assisted by aviation are also fighting against the insurgents in the city’s south-east and western districts.
Assad’s force has also regained control of the Salaheddine neighborhood of Aleppo.