DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Syrian forces on Monday managed to reclaim several more areas from Takfiri terrorists in eastern Aleppo, and are now only steps away from the full liberation of the embattled northwestern city.

According to Press Shia dispatches, the army troops and their allies seized control of the areas of Karem al-Afandi, Karem al-Da’da, al-Salehin, and al-Firdous on Monday after inflicting major losses on the terrorists in eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo.

The forces are now advancing toward Jiser al-Hajj, al-Jlom, Bab al-Maqam, al-Firdous and Qal’et al-Sahreef.

The report added that the Syrian government forces are now in control of nearly 98 percent of eastern Aleppo.

The latest developments came after the army wrested back Sheikh Saeed, a major district in the eastern sector.

The Syrian military, which is in control of the western part of the city, has been fighting to wrest back its militant-held east.

The recent army gains come despite the persistent financial and military support that many foreign states have been providing to the militants since 2011 to bring about the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.