Fresh surge of violence hit Aleppo amid increasing death tolls

Ruins of a residential building in Aleppo after being hit with barrel bombs launched by regime warplanes. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Tuesday, fierce clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo province, north Syria, military sources reported.  

This coincided with barrel bomb attacks by pro-Assad air forces on opposition-held areas in Aleppo. 

Speaking to ARA News, Saleh Zein, a field commander in Shamiya Front, said: “Our rebels clashed with pro-Assad forces in the vicinity of Handarat district, after we bombed their headquarters with Grad rockets.” 

“This bombardment led to a significant decline among pro-Assad army forces south and east of Handarat,” he added.

The source said that rebel fighters took over four security checkpoints following clashes with regime forces and allied militias in Aleppo on Tuesday evening. 

Separately, clashes broke out between the fighters of “Division 16 Infantry” and regime forces near the Air Force Intelligence branch and Jamhiyat az-Zahra district. At least seven pro-Assad soldiers were reported dead during the clashes. 

“Opposition fighters reported advancement toward al-Maliya roundabout in Aleppo after targeting headquarters of pro-Assad army with missiles and heavy artillery,” a military source reported. 

In the meantime, pro-regime air forces hit several opposition-held neighborhoods in Aleppo with dozens of barrel bombs, including Bustan al-Qaser, Kallaseh, Holk, Masakin Hanano and Ain at-Tal. 

“Dozens of civilians were killed during the attacks. Many corpses are stuck under the ruins of damaged buildings,” an aid worker told ARA News in Aleppo. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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