Syrian rebel fighters in Aleppo. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – On Tuesday, the battles continued in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, between the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and rebels of ash-Shamiya Front supported by allied Islamist factions.
Speaking to ARA News, media activist Wael al-Halabi reported that the ash-Shamiya Front’s fighters regained Tuesday the Wahshiya village, which was captured by the IS group a day earlier, adding that the clashes were fierce and still ongoing in the vicinity of the villages of Granada and Soran Azaz.
Ash-Shamiya rebels seek to regain control of Granada and Soran Azaz and expel IS militants from the countryside of Aleppo.
Rebel fighters of ash-Shamiya received reinforcements from the Nusra Front, the Army of Islam, and the Islamic Movement of Ahrar ash-Sham, in an attempt to deter the IS’ advancement in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Al-Halabi pointed out that the clashes coincided with IS pounding the towns of Maree and Tel Rafaat in the northern countryside of Aleppo, with a barrage of Grad rockets, killing several people and wounding others, beside causing large material damage to public property.
For weeks, IS extremists have been planning to control Bab as-Salama border crossing with Turkey, which is deemed one of the vital backbones to supply rebels. Taking over the crossing by IS militants will cause rebels complete siege by the militants from the north and pro-Assad forces from the south.
Over the last few days, the Syrian regime has intensified aerial bombardment on the towns held by the Syrian opposition forces near Aleppo, coinciding with fierce battles between IS radicals and Syrian rebels in the eastern and northern countryside of the province, after the latter’s attempt to advance towards Azaz where Bab as-Salama border crossing with Turkey is located.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News