Syrian government forces took a step toward completely encircling rebel-held parts of Aleppo city.

The army's advance toward the Castello Road, which brought it to within its firing range, came during a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday, which a monitoring group said had been a ruse.

Its capture brings the Syrian government closer to its long-standing objective of encircling rebel-held areas of the northern city.

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