Backed by Russian air cover, pro-Assad troops make new gains north Aleppo

A Syrian soldier stands near an army helmet decorated with the Syrian flag in the Jab al-Jandali district of the central city of Homs. File photo: AFP

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Forces loyal to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday recaptured new areas in the northern province of Aleppo, pushing rebel fighters back near the border with Turkey, according to military sources. 

Supported by a Russian air cover, pro-Assad troops regained control of the Tamoura town and the surrounding hills subsequent to fierce clashes with rebel fighters.

“Seizing control of Tamoura and the surrounding hills will enable pro-Assad forces to cut off the rebel’s main supply line between the northern countryside of Aleppo and the western parts of the province,” local media activist Khalid al-Jassim told ARA News. 

“Amid intensified Russian airstrikes on rebel positions, pro-Assad army and allied militants of Hezbollah have recaptured several strategic points in northern Aleppo overt the past two days,” the source reported.

Rebel groups, including the Levant Front and Ahrar al-Sham, have reportedly evacuated their strongholds in several towns and villages in the province, in a bid to avoid the Russian airstrikes.

At least 23 rebel fighters were killed in Russian raids on Friday. In the meantime, the regime’s army lost some 15 fighters in clashes with rebel groups in northern Aleppo, according to Saleh Zein, official spokesman of the Levant Front.  

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News

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