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SYRIAN HELICOPTERS DROP LEAFLETS URGING REBELS TO SURRENDER

DAMASCUS, - Syrian helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets, over rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, urging rebels to lay down their weapons and the civilians to cooperate with the Syrian army.

"Aleppo is winning: to all those holding weapons in the face of the Syrian state, you have got to seriously think about your fate, as many of your leaders have fled with their money to Turkey," the leaflet read.

Another leaflet was directed to the civilians.

"Our dear families in Aleppo, your sons and brothers in the Syrian army are sacrificing to rid you of the terrorism. Your cooperation with the army, in terms of providing information about the location of the armed men, will be conducive in returning security and stability to your areas," the leaflet read.

Earlier in the day, the army empathised on urging the rebels in Aleppo city to surrender, saying it's a "real chance."

"Emanating from our keenness to curb the bloodletting, we grant a real opportunity to all those who hold weapons in Aleppo's eastern part, to settle their situation by laying down their weapons and stay in Aleppo, or to surrender their weapons and leave the city," the general command of the Syrian army said in a statement.

"We urge everyone to have prudence and put national interest of restoring peace and security to Aleppo above anything else," it added.

The move comes as the Syrian army has completely laid a siege on the rebel-held parts in the east of Aleppo city, after severing the last remaining supply route to those areas last week.

In the statement, the army said, it had succeeded with the help of allied fighters to successfully complete their mission in northern Aleppo, by cutting all of the supply routes the rebels used.

It added that the military campaign came in the framework of restoring peace and stability to Aleppo.

The statement also urged the civilians to cooperate with the Syrian army, in achieving a cessation of violence, and a return of tranquility to Aleppo.

A day earlier, the Syrian army offered safe exits to civilians, in the rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo.

The military's general command said, the army had identified several routes and safe passages for civilians wishing to leave the rebel-held neighbourhoods in the eastern parts of Aleppo, adding that, maps of the routes were being sent to the cellphones of the civilians.

It urged civilians in the areas to join the government-proposed reconciliations and expel the rebels out of their homes and neighbourhoods.

Aleppo, located near the border with Turkey, is Syria's largest city and once an economic hub. It has been a focal point of clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels.

In the summer of 2012, thousands of armed militants stormed residential districts of Aleppo, striking the economic nerves of the Syrian government, which has repeatedly accused Turkey of supporting the rebels.

After capturing several districts in eastern Aleppo city, the rebels repeatedly tried to expand their presence to government-controlled areas in the west.

They laid a siege on western Aleppo districts, after cutting the international road to Aleppo in 2014, which was broken later by the Syrian army with the help of Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad said, during an interview with a Greek TV that, if the rebels wanted to "return to their normal lives, and abandon their weapons, they will get pardon."

Source: Name News Network