Syrian army recaptures industrial area in Aleppo

Damascus: The Syrian army on Sunday recaptured an industrial area in Aleppo, as part of a wide-scale offensive against rebel-held areas.

The military forces captured the area of Shaqif, further securing the road of Castello, a defence official told Xinhua news agency.

As a target of repeated rebel attacks, the road was the opposition fighters’ only supply route to rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo, before the army captured it a couple of months ago.

Shaqif was under rebel control for over four years.

Aleppo has a strategic importance for the warring parties due to its location near the Turkish border, and being Syria’s largest province, and once the economic hub of Syria.