Pro-Assad forces losing ground in Aleppo

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Syrian rebel fighters clash with pro-Assad forces in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have lost main neighborhoods after attacks by rebel groups in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, military sources reported on Sunday.

Rebel forces of the Shamiya Front seized control of the neighborhoods of Saif al-Dawla and Salahuddin in eastern Aleppo after fierce clashes with pro-Assad forces.

Speaking to ARA News, Imad al-Halabi, spokesman of the Shamiya Front in Aleppo, said: “Our fighters launched a strategic attack on the strongholds of pro-Assad militants in the eastern part of Aleppo, which enabled our forces to take control of those neighborhoods.”

“Dozens of regime forces were killed and injured during clashes that broke out on Sunday afternoon in Aleppo,” al-Halabi said.

“Our fighters of Shamiya Front are now trying to fortify the seized areas and continue their progress until freeing the whole Aleppo province from Assad forces,” he said. 

In the meantime, Syrian air force targeted residential areas in the Jumiyat al-Zahraa district in Aleppo after rebel factions seized parts of the district earlier on Saturday. 

“At least six civilians were killed and ten wounded when pro-Assad warplanes dropped several barrel bombs on residential buildings in Jumiyat al-Zahraa on Sunday,” civil rights activist Samer Zireq told ARA News in Aleppo.

This comes amid continuous battles between rebel factions and militants of the Islamic State in the northern countryside of Aleppo. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News 

 

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