Militants of Nusra Front. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – On Friday, militants of Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) took over major parts of Abu el-Duhur military airport in Idlib province after clashes with pro-Assad army forces.
The airport has been besieged by Nusra fighters for weeks, before the group was able to break into the main gate and seize parts of Abu el-Duhur.
Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, Abu al-Adham, spokesman for al-Nusra Front, said that more than 20 regime soldiers were killed while Nusra lost 30 fighters during the clashes on Friday.
The Nusra official said that several Syrian rebel factions backed Nusra in the battle for Abu el-Duhur airport.
“We have seized control of the main gate and parts of the airport in a strategic operation against Assad forces,” Nusra spokesman said.
“At least 20 pro-Assad soldiers were killed and four others have been taken as hostages in the operation,” al-Adham said.
The source added that Nusra has lost 30 fighters in the battle for Abu el-Duhur, most of them were killed when an airstrike by Syrian warplanes targeted a fighting position for the Nusra Front in the vicinity of the military airport.
The Abu el-Duhur airport is considered one of the largest Syrian military airports and it includes dozens of warplanes and helicopters. More than 2000 regime forces are reportedly stationed in the airport, equipped with heavy weapons and ammunition.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News