Pro-Assad army forces. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – Over the past few days, the Syrian regime military forces intensified offensive on the city of Jis al-Shughour, in the province of Idlib, northern Syria, after rebel fighters of al-Fatih Army (an extended military umbrella for rebels) took over the city.
The regime-led operations are aimed at freeing dozens of their soldiers trapped inside the city.
Last week, dozens of the pro-regime soldiers were reportedly killed in the rebels-held city of Jisr al-Shughour, while dozens others remain stranded in the national hospital of the city.
The pro-Assad forces began their counteroffensive on Wednesday, as President Bashar al-Assad pledged those besieged inside the hospital would be rescued soon.
In the meantime, a prominent pro-Assad army commander has been reportedly killed in the battles of Jisr al-Shughour.
Gen. Mohyaddin Ramadan Mansour, the commander of Special Forces in the Syrian regime’s army, was killed after suffering serious injuries in the battles of Jisr al-Shughur with the rebels.
Trying to prevent the fall of the city center, the regime lost hundreds of soldiers there.
Mansour, who was brought in by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the fiercest battles, was one of the top ranked and highly experienced leading commanders. He has been able to protect former president Hafez al-Assad’s (father of current president) against a military coup in the eighties of the last century.
The victim faced fierce opponents of Assad the father and was present in main battles during the ongoing was against Assad the sone. The most recent battle was in Jisr al-Shughour, where he has been severely injured during clashes with opposition fighters, leading to his death.
There are some 300 soldiers of the regime’s security forces and allied militias still trapped in Jisr al-Shugour.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef
Source: ARA News