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Civilian bodies recovered from former militant jails in east Aleppo

The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said there were five children and four women among those executed by the terrorists before withdrawal from areas under their control in the northwestern city.

“The bodies of martyrs were found inside prisons belonging to terrorist groups in al-Sukkari and al-Kallaseh neighborhoods… Upon close examination, the civilians were found to have been shot at from a very close range,” said Director of Aleppo Forensics, Zaher Hajo.

The military fully liberated Aleppo on December 22 in the final stage of a weeks-long push. The militants had been controlling the city’s eastern part since 2012, a year after foreign-backed militancy swept over the country.

As the terrorists were feeling the heat from army advances, they began using civilians as human shields to hamstring Syrian troops in their operations.

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