Pro-Assad army forces. File photo
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ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce battles with pro-regime forces, militant fighters of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) were able to seize Friday large parts of the southern countryside of Aleppo, local activists reported.
ISIS targeted the regime’s communities and armored vehicles with a number of car bomb attacks, deploying snipers along the Khanasser-Othreya highway in a bid to block the road outright.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Wael Mohammed said that ISIS militant fighters conducted car bomb attacks against gatherings of the regime’s forces near Khanasser-Othreya highway, which led to the outbreak of fierce clashes between the two sides.
“The clashes ended with ISIS’ control over large parts of the highway, preventing civilian buses and trucks carrying fuel and food to the regime-held areas in the western neighborhoods of the city (Aleppo),” Mohammed reported.
Khanasser-Othreya highway is deemed as the only supply line of the regime’s army and its allies in Aleppo.
Mohammed pointed out that the pro-Assad forces, backed by members of the Palestinian group Liwaa al-Quds, are striving to regain the areas fell to the hardline group in a an attempt to reopen the ISIS-controlled key road of Khanasser-Othreya.
Cutting off a key supply line of pro-Assad forces, from which they receive fuel and food from the coastal region and Hama province, means besieging these forces –which are in control of several neighborhoods inside Aleppo.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News