Syria govt. forces down spy drones in Dara’a
Syria has shot down three spy drones operated by terrorists on the suburbs of the country’s southwestern city of Dara’a.
The Syrian Defense Ministry announced the development on Sunday.
Separately, a blast rocked Aleppo’s al-Assad neighborhood. No further details were available on the incident.
Militants also bombarded the area around the military college in western Aleppo, using poisonous gas. The attack left one person dead and 36 others injured.
Meanwhile, Abu Ahmad Badi, a militant commander, was killed in the government-held western Aleppo.
A commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army, Ashraf Hamud, also known as Abu Omar, was also slain by government forces in the same area.
Additionally, militant artillery attacks left two people dead and six others wounded in Aleppo’s Hamdaniyeh district.
At least 10 citizens, mostly women and children, were also injured in militant mortar attacks on western Aleppo.
Meanwhile, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported clashes between the Syrian army soldiers and the Fatah Halab militant group in Aleppo’s Salah al-Din and Maniyan districts. A unit of the Syrian military destroyed a tank and a number of military vehicles belonging to the extremists during the clashes.
Syrian army attacks further killed 11 militants with the so-called Free Syrian Army in Aleppo’s western Family House area.
The Syrian forces managed to wrest control of the areas of Tall Sousin, al-Shaeer, Faqin, and Kafr Qares as well as the al-Maslamiye cement factory and in Aleppo’s northern countryside, the Arabic-language Syria Now news website reported.
SANA further said that a vehicle packed with hundreds of kilos of explosives was destroyed by the army in Maniyan district of the city.
Aleppo has been a major frontline in Syria’s fight against different Takfiri militant groups. Extremists have occupied the city’s eastern flanks for several years.
Since March 2011, Syria has been hit by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies. Backed by Russian air cover, the Syrian military is engaged in an operation to rid the country of Daesh and other terrorist outfits.