The Syrian government tightens its grips around Aleppo, urging civilians to make a safe escape from the city through one of their ''safe-exit points.'' Gavino Garay reports.
Syrian forces are tightening their grip on the rebel-held city of Aleppo... the country's second-largest city and the site of heavy fighting between government forces and opposition fighters in the years-long civil war. Facing increasing pressure to protect civilians, they've set up so-called 'safe-exit points' promising locals a safe way out of rebel-held areas. A quarter million civilians still live in Aleppo's eastern neighborhoods -- under siege by government forces since early July after the military cut off key access points. President Bashar al-Assad is offering amnesty for rebels who surrender within three months. The message is being delivered from the sky...thousands of leaflets airdropped over the city calling for the rebels to give up, and advising civilians of their exit points. While there's no indication that the rebels will comply, the retaking of Aleppo would represent a major prize for Assad's forces...in Syria's multi-sided, five-year civil war.