Rebel fighters of the Levant Front returning to their bases in Aleppo after clashes with ISIS militants in Marea town. File photo
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ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce clashes with Syrian rebel fighters, militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of several villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Speaking to ARA News, commander of the Levant Front (main rebel group in Aleppo) Saleh Zein said that clashes broke out between their fighters and ISIS militants north of Aleppo after the latter shelled rebel headquarters with mortars and home-made bombs.
“Daesh terrorists attacked our headquarters by heavy shelling. When the clashes broke out, the terrorists had already infiltrated into several main security centers for our rebels,” Zein said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“We were obliged to evacuate a number of villages in a bid to avoid further losses.”
The radical group took over the villages of Doudiyan, Qereh Kobri and Ghazal in the northern countryside of Aleppo near the border with Turkey.
At least 12 rebel fighters of the Levant Front were killed in the clashes.
Leadership of the Levant Front and allied rebel factions in Aleppo held an emergency meeting subsequent to the ISIS’s advance on Monday evening, in order to discuss a possible anti-ISIS operation in the coming days to regain the lost areas.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News