ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Wednesday launched an offensive on a Kurdish district in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, using mortar shells, amid attempts to infiltrate into the district, activists and military sources reported.
Nusra fighters, supported by Islamist rebels of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement, targeted populated areas in the Sheikh Maqsoud district with mortar fire, killing at least four people and wounding a dozen more.
“The injured were transferred to a field hospital for treatment. Some of them are in critical condition,” a medical source in the Sheikh Maqsoud hospital told ARA News. “Rescue teams are still searching for survivors under the rubble.”
The Islamists also targeted a security checkpoint for the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) at the entrance of Sheikh Maqsoud district.
“Clashes broke out when a number of terrorists tried to infiltrate into the district. Nusra and its allies launched the mortar attack in order to cover the infiltration attempt, but we were eventually able to repel the offensive,” YPG officer Ali Hamo told ARA News.
The official added that Nusra and its allies were forced to withdraw after six of their fighters were killed and four others were wounded.
The Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud has been under siege by Syrian Islamist rebels for years, and violence has recently intensified in the district as the Kurdish YPG forces have been trying to push back Islamist fighters of the Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham.
Reporting by: Shero Darwish
Source: ARA News
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