Syrian army, allies report new gains in Aleppo, Daraa

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A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is seen during clashes with pro-Assad troops in Aleppo. File photo: AP

ARA News 

ALEPPO – The Syrian regimes army and allied militias on Friday reported new gains against rebel factions in the northern Aleppo province and southern Daraa province.

Backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militia, the Syrian army retook the Atman town in Daraa province after fierce clashes with rebel fighters on Friday. 

Recapturing Atman would help pro-Assad troops opening a new supply route between Damascus and Daraa, on the border with Jordan.

The progress of pro-Assad forces was facilitated by heavy airstrikes by the Syrian air force on rebels’ positions in Atman and its surroundings, according to an army official who spoke to the state agency SANA.

Also on Friday, army forces and allied Hezbollah militants regained control of Ratyan town in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.

“Backed by Russian airstrikes, pro-Assad troops took over Ratyan after heavy fighting with rebels of the Levant Front,” rebel spokesman Saleh Zein told ARA News. 

Zain added that the Levant Front has evacuated its headquarters in Ratyan after more than ten of its fighters were killed and a dozen more were injured.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed

Source: ARA News 

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