ALEPPO, Syria, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Syrian state-run media and Russian officials said the eastern section of the city of Aleppo is 98 percent controlled by forces allied to President Bashar al-Assad.
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, or SANA, said more than 3,500 people left the Aleppo's eastern neighborhoods on Monday through corridors created for safe passage. SANA said the Russian Coordination Center reported 728 rebels surrendered.
Pro-Assad forces also captured the neighborhood of Fardous, which had been under rebel control since 2012. The Russian Coordination Center said rebel forces control no more than 4 square miles of territory in eastern Aleppo after seizing the districts of Sheikh Saeed, Karim Khum and Al-Maqamat."
The Russian officials said the Syrian regime is in "full control" of most of the city. The Syrian regime, with the help of Russia, intensified an offensive on Nov. 26 to capture Aleppo.
Rebel forces and tens of thousands of civilians are now squeezed into several central neighborhoods, NBC News reported.
Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory. The battle for Aleppo was one of the most significant efforts in the war, where rebels controlled major territory in a strategic city most-populated before the wrar.