ALEPPO – At least seven militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed during clashes with Syrian rebels of the Shamiya Front in the northern countryside of Aleppo, military sources reported on Friday.
Fierce clashes took place in the vicinity of Marea town north of Aleppo, where rebel fighters of Shamiya Front reportedly killed seven militants and took several others as hostages, beside destroying three ISIS vehicles.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Shamiya commander Salih al-Zein said: “Our fighters repelled a major attack by ISIS militants on the strategic town of Marea. We’ve destroyed three ISIS vehicles, killed seven militants and took 11 others as hostages.”
The source added that the Shamiya Front has also seized heavy machine guns from ISIS militants, as dozens withdrew from the area after “heavy losses” in Friday’s clashes.
“The terrorist group tried to infiltrate into Marea by launching suicide attacks, but we destroyed the explosive vehicles before entering the town,” al-Zein said.
Several Syrian rebel factions backed the Shamiya Front in the anti-ISIS operations on Friday.
The rebels have also attacked ISIS-held villages of Harbal, Sandaf, Kafrah and Harjal in the northern countryside of Aleppo. It was not clear whether the attacks caused any casualties in the ranks of ISIS.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News
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