Syrian rebels advance against Assad forces in Aleppo

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Free Syrian Army members at their base camp in Darkoush, Syria. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Monday, the Media Office of the Syrian Islamic Front (one of the main rebel groups fighting against the regime) reported that its fighters had reported progress in the countryside of Aleppo, northern Sefat and Handarat, where the group backed by allied rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were able to cut the supply routes of the pro-Assad forces (between the Central Prison of Aleppo and northwestern areas).

The rebel fighters reportedly overwhelmed hundreds of military forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo.

Local activists reported that fierce clashes have taken place between the two sides since Sunday evening, that have led to the death of 12 soldiers from the regime’s forces and 5 members of the opposition battalions, adding that the rebels of the Islamic Front and the FSA have taken control of several strategic locations in the area of Handarat on Monday.

On the other hand, media activist Omar al-Shaer in the city of Aleppo stated to ARA News that the battles in the town of al-Adnaniyah are still ongoing between fighters of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham and the pro-Assad army.

“At least 5 pro-Assad soldiers were killed and dozens others were injured during two-days of clashes,”al-Shaer said.

The Ahrar al-Sham Movement’s operations in al-Adnaniyah aim to control the defence factories of the pro-Assad army in the town.

In Damascus, activists said that the anti-Assad military battalions in Eastern Ghouta killed two members of the regime forces in the Jobar neighborhood east of the Syrian capital Damascus.

The Syrian regime targeted the Jobar neighborhood with mortar shells and missiles, in addition to intense air raids on the neighborhood in an attempt to regain control there, which has been held by opposition fighters for more than two years.

Local sources in the city of Hamah said that the Syrian regime’s army forces began using explosive containers in the bombardment of the town of Kafr Zeita, located in the northern countryside of the city.

According to local sources, the explosive containers are more destructive than the barrel bombs –which have been used for two years by the pro-Assad air force to bomb the area as well as other opposition-held cities and towns across Syria.

Activists reported that “223 explosive barrels, and 240 air raids were launched against  Kafr Zeita alone”, adding that more than “three hundred rockets are currently stationed on Mount Zein al-Abidine in Hamah’s military airport and in Deir Miharda camps”.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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