Syrian army soldiers patrol the area around the entrance of Bani Zeid after taking control of the previously rebel-held district of Leramun, on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, on July 28, 2016.

Pro-Assad forces took control of Bani Zeid after heavy fighting overnight backed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, two days after they seized the nearby neighbourhood of Leramun.

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