Rescue group says streets of eastern Aleppo are 'full with dead bodies'

Pro-government forces in eastern Syria.
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Several areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo were captured by Syrian government forces on Monday.

Ismail Abdallah of the volunteer search and rescue team Syrian Civil Defense told CNN that rebels are still putting up a fight in some sections of the city, but there is a "mass exodus of terrified civilians fleeing from al-Fardous, al-Jaloom, al-Salheine, and areas that have been captured today." Neighborhoods across eastern Aleppo have been pummeled by airstrikes, and Abdallah said he believes there could be a "large number of civilian casualties," but his White Helmets volunteers are unable to reach areas that have been hard hit. On Twitter, the Syrian Civil Defense group said entire streets and buildings are "full with dead bodies," and they hear children calling for help but they can't reach them due to continuous bombing.

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