Opposition fighters report gains in Syria’s Aleppo

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Syrian rebels during clashes against pro-Assad military forces in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, the General Command of the Syrian Islamic Front (a major anti-Assad rebel group) announced that dozens of Syrian regime soldiers were killed during clashes in Handarat area in the countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria.

The group’s Commander, Ismail Ahmad, said that the Islamic Front was able to kill over fifty members of the Syrian regime’s military forces in Handarat and Sefat areas, north of Aleppo, during the last two days.

Al-Ahmad also said in an official statement that among the dead were many foreigners of different nationalities such as Iran, Lebanon and Iraq, pointing out that the Front’s fighters captured an Afghan member working for the regime’s forces after being wounded in the battles of Handarat.

The rebel commander explained that the Iranian regime “exploits” conditions of the working Afghans in Iran (mostly refugees who fled Afghanistan during the 1980s’ Soviet war) and send them to Syria to fight alongside with the Syrian regime in return for cash.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Islamic Front in cooperation with the military Squad 13 blew up regime-held military checkpoints of al-Haboosh and Dahrooj in Hamidiya in the countryside of Idleb, northwest Syria, on Tuesday, after digging tunnels underground and filling it with tens of kilograms of explosives.

The operation resulted in a massive explosion, followed by rebels of the Front and the Squad 13 storming the area. None of the parties announced the precise losses in the regime ranks.

However, some of the Islamic Front fighters told ARA News that dozens of pro-regime soldiers were killed in Idlib’s operations.

In Hamah, media sources told ARA News that, on Tuesday, fighters from the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham Sham and the Nusra Front captured the regime-held tank battalion in the northern city of Morik, as well as controlling the al-Kassara barrier near Morik. They also destroyed many of the regime-led military vehicles in that region.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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