The Syrian military has pushed forward with its offensive in Aleppo and liberated several neighborhoods from the militants over the last few days, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported.


“The militants now ultimately have no chance to break into Aleppo from the southwestern direction,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov announced on Wednesday.


Several neighborhoods in the southwestern part of the city, including the Benyamin district, that had been occupied by the militants are now under the Syrian government control, the official said. The army has also made gains in the northern part of the city.


Resistance against the terrorists and rebels controlling eastern Aleppo has been growing amongst the civilian population still trapped there, Konashenkov said in a statement, adding that 11 protests have flared up in militant controlled areas since the beginning of the week.


Just over the past 24 hours, some 1,500 civilians in four Aleppo districts have spontaneously stood up against the militants, but their demonstrations were violently suppressed by the jihadists.