Military Expert: Terrorists Intensifying War in Homs to Derail Pressure from Aleppo
“The terrorists are trying to penetrate into Northern Homs to decrease the army pressure on their comrades in Aleppo,” Retired Syrian Army General Fattah Darbouli told FNA on Sunday.
Yet, the General underlined that the army has taken the necessary precautions in Northern Homs and holds a firm grip over the region.
On Saturday, Nouralddeen al-Zinki terrorist group that is backed by the US and Turkey refused to join the ceasefire agreement with the Syrian government in Aleppo, calling on other militant groups to narrow down differences to slow down the Syrian army’s devastating victories.
Top Commander of Nouralddeen al-Zinki Tofiq Shahabalddeen said in his tweeter page that anti-government militants are to launch an imminent operation against the Syrian army soldiers and popular forces in Aleppo and called on the other terrorist groups to end their difference and join the operation.
In the meantime, Yaser al-Yusuf, a member of Nouralddeen al-Zinki’s political bureau said, “We will never join the Russian-set peace agreement in Aleppo.”
Reports said earlier on Saturday that a large number of fresh Syrian soldiers have joined the country’s Army troops and popular forces in Aleppo city to strengthen their defense capabilities against an impending massive attack by the Jeish al-Fatah terrorist coalition.
“The Syrian Army has dispatched these fresh soldiers to Aleppo to face Jeish al-Fatah’s imminent offensives on government forces’ positions in Aleppo city,” the sources said, adding, “The army is to send more troops to Aleppo in the next few days.”
The Russian General Staff said earlier today that over 1,200 terrorists, including 30 suicide bombers, are ready to attack Aleppo from regions Southwest of the city.
The Russian General Staff said that terrorists used the humanitarian pause in Syria’s Aleppo to receive reinforcements to prepare new attacks on the outskirts of Aleppo.
“A group of over 1,200 militants, including 30 suicide-bombers, is preparing an attack on Aleppo from the city’s Southwestern flank. They have tanks, armored vehicles and over 20 pickups with heavy machine guns,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, said.
The Russian general said that militants in Aleppo continue to receive arms and ammunition, including man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS).
All humanitarian corridors that should be used by civilians and militants to leave Aleppo are blocked by terrorists, Rudskoy said, adding that the corridors are constantly under militants’ fire.
“Militants continue to launch attacks from mortars and rocket systems on residential neighborhoods in the Western part of Aleppo, including humanitarian corridors. Over the past 24 hours, eight have been killed and over 30 wounded in militants’ fire. As a result of one of the attacks 3 officers of the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation were lightly injured.”
He added that “on Thursday Ahrar al-Sham militants have publicly executed 14 local officials for calling on civilians to used corridors to leave eastern parts of Aleppo.”
“Despite this eight injured Ahrar al-Sham militants left Eastern Aleppo on the first day of the humanitarian pause. They were provided with medical assistance.”
Russia has extended the humanitarian pause in the city one more day from 08:00 to 19:00 local time on October 22, Rudskoy said.