Syrian rebels seize security checkpoints after clashes with pro-Assad forces near Idlib

Rebel fighters run during a battle against Syrian regime soldiers in Handarat, on the northern outskirts of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Combatting pro-Assad forces and allied militias, Syrian rebel fighters seized control of checkpoints in the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in the western countryside of Idlib, in northern Syria.

Ali Suleiman, a fighter in the ranks of Ahrar al-Sham rebels, told ARA News that Ahrar al-Sham fighters blew up Friday a regime-led BMB vehicle loaded with large deal of explosives and an ammunition depot belonging to the regime forces in the area of Sawaghiya adjacent to al-Foua village.

“Rebel factions took over Sawaghiya area and strategic checkpoints after fierce clashes with pro-Assad forces,” the sources said.

“The rebels continued bombing the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya with dozens of homemade rockets and missiles. Our (rebel) forces seek to control al-Foua and Kefraya in order to cut off regime supply lines towards Idlib,” Suleiman said. 

In the meantime, Syrian regime forces shelled several neighborhoods in Aleppo in response to rebels’ progress in the nearby villages on Friday.

At least five people were killed and nine others injured in al-Muyasser neighborhood of Aleppo during the regime-led shelling. 

Pro-regime forces also bombed Kallaseh and Qadi Askar in central Aleppo, and the nearby towns of Hayyan and Huraytan in the northern countryside of the city. No reports of casualties. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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