Syrian army takes Aleppo district under intense bombardment

Smoke and flames rise after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged area of Aleppo, as seen from a government-held side, in SyriaBy Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army and its allies captured Sheikh Saeed district in Aleppo in overnight fighting, a war monitor and a Syrian official said early on Monday, amid the most intense bombardment in days, leaving insurgents in only a tiny pocket of the city. Sheikh Saeed lies in the south of the rebels' east Aleppo enclave, which has shrunk by more than three quarters in two weeks of government advances. Rebel groups in Aleppo received a U.S.-Russian proposal on Sunday for a withdrawal of fighters and civilians from the city's opposition areas, but Moscow said no agreement had been reached yet in talks in Geneva to resolve the crisis.

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