Syrian army forces. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – On Friday, militant fighters of the al-Nusra Front (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) launched a military operation against bases of the pro-regime army near two Shiite-populated villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo, in northern Syria.
The al-Nusra insurgents seized several streets in the southern part of the village of Zahra and buildings in the nearby village of Nubl, north of the city of Aleppo.
“However, pro-Assad forces of the National Defense were able to push the al-Nusra fighters back on Friday evening,” media activist Hazim Yunis told ARA News in Aleppo.
“The al-Nusra Front’s fighters used tanks and heavy weapons during the clashes, but couldn’t resist pro-Assad forces for long,” he said.
At least four al-Nusra militants were killed. No reports of casualties in the ranks of the National Defense forces were reported.
Both towns have been under a long siege by rebel forces. The army has used helicopters to drop supplies to the Shiite villagers, according to reports.
Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah