Syrian army foils rebel offensive on artillery base in Aleppo

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Syrian army forces. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO Syrian rebel fighters on Friday launched one of the fiercest offensives on Syrian regime’s army positions in the northern city of Aleppo, using mortar shells and explosives. However, army officials reported that their forces were able to repel the attack and kill “hundreds of insurgents”.

Rebels of the Syrian opposition initiated the offensive by carrying out two car bomb attacks on regime checkpoints at the entrance of the artillery base in Aleppo, and then launched dozens of mortar shells targeting Syrian army headquarters inside the base.

“Rebels of the Aleppo Conquest [a coalition of Syrian armed opposition factions] stormed a large part of the artillery base in Aleppo city on Friday,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Sulaiman told ARA News. “Then fierce clashes broke out between our fighters and the regime troops, causing casualties on both sides.” 

The spokesman added that the Aleppo Conquest fighters have eventually withdrawn from the base after destroying several vehicles and heavy weapons for the regime’s forces. 

On the other hand, the Syrian army said in a statement that it was able to repel the attack and kill hundreds of insurgents.

“The Syrian Arab Army foiled the attack on the Aleppo artillery base and two major barracks, and killed hundreds of insurgents and destroyed much of their equipment and tanks,” it said in a statement, describing Friday’s attack as “the biggest assault” by rebels against regime-held areas in a year.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed

Source: ARA News

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