Rebel fighters in clashes with Syrian regime troops in Aleppo. File photo
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ALEPPO – The al-Nusra Front fighters (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) seized several strongholds of the Syrian regime forces in the southern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, military sources reported on Saturday.
This coincided with intense airstrikes by the Syrian air force on al-Nusra positions.
Al-Nusra had announced the start of the second phase of the battle for Aleppo. It aims at regaining control of the areas fell to the regime’s army in the last two months.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel fighter Mustafa Suleiman said that al-Nusra Front fighters, backed by several opposition factions, were able to recapture Tel al-Maqbara area south of al-Widehi town where pro-Assad forces were stationed.
“The rebel factions have also regained Tel as-Saroo sub-district, subsequent to fierce clashes with Assad’s army –which was forced to withdrew to its bases in al-Widehi town,” he added.
On Thursday, the al-Nusra Front announced the start of the second phase of Aleppo’s battle, which aims to regain control of the areas fell to the Assad’s army such as al-Widehi, Ibtin and Azzan Mount areas in Aleppo’s southern suburbs.
On the other hand, warplanes loyal to the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad conducted several air raids on Khan Toman area, surroundings of al-Widehi town and the village of Shighedla, targeting positions of the rebel factions.
Over the last two months, Syrian regime forces were able to regain several key towns in the southern countryside of Aleppo, including al-Widehi and Ibtin, but rebel fighters have succeeded to stop their advance and recaptured some points they have lost recently.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News