Syrian army forces. File photo
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ALEPPO – Backed by Russian warplanes, Syrian regime forces on Sunday seized several strategic villages and towns south of Aleppo in northern Syria, subsequent to battles with al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) and other Islamic groups, military sources reported.
Islamist rebel factions withdrew from major areas south of Aleppo after Russian fighter jets intensified aerial bombardment on their locations.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel fighter Mustafa Suleiman said that the pro-regime forces were able Sunday to take control of key locations in southern Aleppo.
“The regime’s army took over the villages of Hamidi, Dadin, and Kafr Haddad Mount after fierce clashes with the Nusra militants and the al-Sham Rebels group. The rebels have been forced to retreat under heavy airstrikes by Russian warplanes,” he said.
This has enabled pro-Assad forces to gain control of al-Hader town as well, which holds strategic location on the highway connecting the Syrian capital Damascus to Aleppo.
Suleiman pointed out that the Nusra Front and al-Sham Rebels were able to destroy a tank belonging to the regime’s army on the military front of Mount Azzan in Aleppo’s south.
“The rebels have also destroyed a cannon caliber 57 on the military front of Khan Toman after hitting pro-Assad military vehicles with Tao missiles,” the source told ARA News.
“Syrian rebels clashed with Assad’s forces on the outskirts of Khan Toman and Sheikh Saeed sub-districts in a bid to liberate them from the regime.”
Over the past few weeks, pro-regime forces have been trying to break into the southern countryside of Aleppo, to secure more supply lines leading to the city.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News