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ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday launched an offensive on regime-held areas in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, killing and wounding a number of civilians.
The ISIS-led attacks were focused on the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, where pro-Assad troops are stationed.
“ISIS started its offensive by launching dozens of mortars on villages held by the regime’s troops in northeastern Aleppo. At least three civilians were killed and five more wounded,” media activist Muhammad Omar told ARA News in Aleppo.
The militants then bombed with heavy artillery the Aleppo Free-Zone, in a bid to cut off one of the vital supply routes for pro-Assad troops in the province.
“Several shells also hit the regime-held Central Prison in Aleppo’s northern suburb,” the source said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were killed in the attacks on the Free-Zone and the Central Prison. However, eyewitnesses confirmed that the bombardment caused a huge damage in the targeted buildings.
Also on Thursday, Syrian and Russian warplanes launched joined raids over the ISIS-held city of al-Bab and Tadif town north of Aleppo. Seven civilian casualties were reported in the airstrikes.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News