Syria in Past 24 Hours: Army in Fierce Clashes with Terrorists in Aleppo
Syrian Army troops repelled ISIL’s attacks on their positions near Kuweires airbase in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo city, leaving several militants dead and several more wounded, military sources said Wednesday.
“ISIL once again launched large-scale assault in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo and attacked the positions of government troops from the Northern side of the military airport,” the sources said.
“The Syrian government forces fended off the attacks after a long night of fighting against the ISIL terrorists,” the source said, adding that “the army soldiers killed at least 15 militants while the remaining pockets of them retreated from the battlefield.”
Also military sources said on Wednesday that the Syrian Army is dividing militant-held districts in the Eastern part of Aleppo into smaller battlefields to capture them one by one, adding that the new tactic has already proved successful.
“The Syrian army is trying to diconnect militants’ positions to divide them into smaller battlefields in a move to make them too weak to stand the government forces’ attacks,” the sources said.
“Rapid advances of the Syrian army troops and their popular allies against Jeish al-Fatah in Aleppo city testify that the new tactic has proved as a major success, and that military developments in the Northern city and its countryside are moving in the direction desired by the government forces,” they added.
The sources said that the army now is to chain its positions in al-Oweijeh to Bostan al-Pasha in order to end clashes in a large part of the Eastern districts.
“The strategic plan of the Syrian armed forces concentrates on the liberation of the districts of al-Nazarat, Ein al-Tal, Halak, al-Sakhour and Masaken al-Hananou in Eastern Aleppo. They simultaneously are to advance against Fatah al-Sham Front (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) in Bostan al-Pasha and al-Meidan,” they pointed out.
“After dividing the Eastern districts of Aleppo into smaller areas, militants will face no way but to surrender or die,” the sources concluded.
Also on Wednesday, Syrian army soldiers alongside the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi al-Nujaba popular forces engaged in fierce clashes with Jeish al-Fatah in the Southern districts of Aleppo city.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies stormed buildings near the strategic Sheikh Saeed Hill that resulted in fierce battle with the Jeish al-Fatah.
The clashes, army reports said, have claimed the lives of tens of militants and wounded scores more.
In the meantime, the Russian Air Force carried out over 20 airstrikes against Jeish al-Fatah’s centers in Southern Aleppo, pinning down the terrorists behind their defense lines.
Field sources said on Wednesday that the Syrian army soldiers and the Palestinian Liwa al-Quds fighters have been beating back terrorists of Jeish al-Fatah from more building blocks, streets and residential areas in two main districts in Eastern Aleppo, pinning the terrorists down behind their strongholds.
“The defense lines of Fatah al-Sham Front in Bostan al-Pasha and Suleiman al-Halabi have been under heavy attacks by the Syrian government forces,” the sources said.
“The Syrian Armed Forces have captured several more buildings inside Bostan al-Pasha, they are now steadily pushing North,” they added
“In Suleiman al-Halabi, the Syrian Armed Forces launched another assault to recapture the strategic Water Pumping Station that is under Nouralddeen Al-Zinki’s control,” the sources went on to say.
Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Army troops and Air Force launched fresh rounds of joint assaults on Jeish al-Fatah’s gatherings in the Western districts of Aleppo city from three flanks, inflicting dozens of casualties on the militants.
Syrian soldiers and their popular allies struck Jeish al-Fatah’s positions in Jam’iyat al-Zahra district and engaged in heavy fighting with militants near Rasoul A’azam Jam’e mosque, al-Maliyeh square and Air Force building.
The militants have reportedly sustained dozens of casualties in the clashes.
Syrian fighter jets played a crucial role in army’s advances against militants in Jam’iyat al-Zahra district.
Syrian Army soldiers and their allies continued to beat terrorists back from more lands South of the Palestinian Handarat Refugees Camp, Northeast of Aleppo city, on Wednesday.
Syrian soldiers and popular forces made significant advances in Tal-e Seifan and power plant areas near al-Oweijeh region.
The terrorists suffered a heavy death toll and their military hardware sustained major damage in the attack.
At least three ISIL terrorists were killed and several more were wounded in a booby-trap explosion in Northern Sweida.
The ISIL terrorists, who were moving from al-Lejah region towards Eastern Badiyeh (desert), found themselves in large area full of explosive traps planted by the Syrian engineering units.
Three of the traps exploded and killed three terrorists, while several more were wounded.
The army soldiers, meantime, stormed the positions of Fatah al-Sham Front near the village of Ariqeh in Northern Sweida, inflicting tens of casualties on the terrorists.
Also on Wednesday, the Syrian military forces inflicted a heavy death toll on ISIL terrorists and repelled their heavy attack on their positions in Northeastern Sweida.
The army units deployed near the village of Khirbet Sa’ad opened heavy fire on invading ISIL terrorists as soon as their positions came under attack and pushed them back after inflicting more than 20 casualties on the militants.
The Syrian Arm’s artillery units meantime shelled ISIL’s strongholds in Tal Ash’heib.
Terrorists’ attacks on government positions near the village of Waqam were also warded off by the Syrian soldiers after the terrorists sustained 25 casualties.
Syrian Army troops and popular forces continued their advances in the key town of al-Reihan and its countryside, capturing more building blocks, factories and lands in Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, military sources said minutes ago.
“Syrian government forces have inflicted a heavy death toll on the militants and captured Jame’a mosque, city hall, sports stadium, over 30 machinegun-equipped bunkers and defense positions and 15 large strongholds,” the sources said.
“The Syrian army soldiers have opened their way into an industrial zone in al-Reihan region and captured three factories that manufacture electrical devices, oil and electrical cables,” they added.
“Army’ engineering units have thus far defused a large number of bombs, explosive traps and landmines planted by the militants in buildings near the town’s graveyard,” the sources went on to say.
Some 150 terrorists from Jund al-Aqsa, another militant group called by Washington as moderates, arrived in the city of Raqqa to join the ISIL on Wednesday after the main part of their group expressed allegiance to Fatah Al-Sham Front few days ago.
A sum of 150 Jund al-Aqsa terrorists in three groups of 50-strong men joined the ISIL in Raqqa city to fight for the self-proclaimed caliphate.
Syrian fighter jets bombed a number of training camps of Jeish al-Fatah terrorists in Southern Idlib, killing and wounding a large number of fresh militants and their trainers.
Syrian army aircraft targeted Jeish al-Fatah’s camps in Ma’arat al-Nu’aman, near al-Tamanna and in the Eastern side of Jarjnaz, destroying the camps’ infrastructures and killing tens of fresh fighters.
In the meantime, positions and garrisons of Jund al-Aqsa, Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham Front in al-Qasaniyeh, Ma’arat al-Nu’aman, Ariha, Saraqib, Ma’ardebseh, Kahn Sheikhoun and Jisr al-Shughour were heavily bombed by the Syrian warplanes.
Dara’a police department announced on Wednesday that several children were killed or wounded in terrorists’ missile attacks on an elementary school, adding that some of the injured are in critical condition.
“At least five children were killed and over 15 others were injured after an elementary school in al-Sahari neighborhood in Dara’a city came under heavy missile attack by the terrorist groups,” the police said.
Also on Wednesday, the bases of Fatah al-Sham Front came under heavy attacks by the Syrian army in different neighborhoods of Dara’a city.
“Syrian army men, backed up by the country’s warplanes, targeted Fatah al-Sham’s concentration centers West of Busra square and Bajabjah in Dara’a al-Balad, inflicting major damage on militants’ sites and slowing their movements down in the Southern part of Dara’a city,” army sources said.
Syrian fighter jets carried out fresh rounds of combat flights over concentration centers of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front in Northern and Eastern Homs, inflicting tens of casualties on the militants.
Syrian warplanes bombed heavily Fatah al-Sham’s defense lines in Talbiseh, Kafr Laha and Tal Zahab, claiming the lives of tens of militants.
Syrian army aircraft meantime pounded ISIL’s gatherings near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), North of the Third Station, South of al-Bardeh and Eastern side of al-Quaryatayn.
ISIL’s strongholds near the villages of Jabab Mohammad and Rasm Hamideh in Jubb al-Jarrah region were also bombed by the Syrian fighter jets.
ISIL’s machinegun-equipped vehicles were destroyed in the air raid.