DAMASCUS, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Celebratory gunshots reverberated across the northern city of Aleppo on Monday evening, and people took to the streets celebrating, as the Syrian army has almost dislodged the rebels from the eastern part of the city, witnesses in Aleppo told Xinhua.
Gunshots with bullets that leave red tails echoed in Aleppo, with women ululates in joy in the streets, with news that the rebels have almost lost their ground in the eastern part of the city.
"God, Syria and only Bashar," "With soul and blood we sacrifice for Syria," and "God protects the army," these were some slogans shouted by the people there, in support for the army.
Local TVs said the celebrations are for the "victory of Aleppo."
Earlier in the day, the Syrian army captured the strategic neighborhood of Sheikh Saeed, and other neighborhoods in southeastern Aleppo, with local reports saying the army is in control of 99 percent of Aleppo.
Later in the evening, state news agency SANA said the army captured Bustan al-Qaser, one of two remaining strongholds for the rebels.
Activists also said the rebels have withdrawn from the neighborhood of Kalasseh, the last major neighborhood in southeastern Aleppo.
An official source in Aleppo told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that the remaining rebels have gathered in the neighborhood of Salahuddien, demanding their evacuation.
The military media arm said the rebels in the few remaining areas in eastern Aleppo are in a state of confusion, and large numbers of them are turning themselves to the Syrian army, while the rest are fleeing through tunnels out of the city.
It's expected that the Syrian military will issue a statement soon, declaring the absolute victory in Aleppo.