The Syrian Army has dispatched massive military equipment and a large number of troops to Northern Aleppo in a bid to reinforce positions in the region after an attack by the Turkish Army and its allied militants was fended off, sources said.
The Syrian Army sent a massive military convoy comprising over 200 government troops and military vehicles carrying military equipment from al-Hamdaniyeh region in Aleppo to the town of Ahras and Tal Raf’at in Northern Aleppo, reinforcing their military positions, battlefield sources in Northern Aleppo said Tuesday.
The sources noted that the measure was launched in line with preparing the Syrian Army for any possible attack after warding off an attack by Turkish Army and its allied militants on the government forces’ positions in Mar’anaz region in Northern Aleppo.
In a relevant development on Sunday, an informed security source in Syria said the Ankara-backed terrorists stationed near the town of Mar’anaz in Aleppo launched false-flag rocket and artillery attacks against the Turkish army positions inside Syria to give pretext to Turkey to pound the Syrian army points,
The source was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying that the Ankara-backed terrorists advanced towards the Syrian army positions in Mar’anaz with the Turkish army’s heavy artillery backup but they were surrounded by the Syrian army forces and a number of them were killed and wounded in clashes between the two sides.
He added that the terrorists called for the Turkish army assistance, but the Turkish soldiers were trapped in a mine field in the region and a number of them were wounded.
The source said that the Turkish side urged Russia to mediate a ceasefire to collect the wounded Turkish soldiers, adding that the Turkish army operations in Northern Aleppo were aimed at delaying the Syrian army’s long-awaited military operations in Idlib province which was due to start on Monday.
He added that the Ankara-backed militants conducted the operations after Turkey’s green light, noting that over 200 Syrian army forces have been killed during suspicious moves by the Turkish side and offensives by Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in the past 4 months.
Meantime, the Kurdish-language Hawar news quoted the Afrin Liberation Forces as saying that during clashes between them and the Turkish army and Ankara-backed militants in Mar’anaz, al-Malekiyeh and al-Shawareqah in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo, 40 militants and a Turkish soldier were killed and 30 others were wounded.
The development came after Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the Damascus government “will not allow Turkey to control even one centimeter of the Syrian territory”, stressing that Ankara should know that “Damascus will not accept the survival of militant groups” in Syria’s Northwestern province of Idlib.
“The Damascus government’s resolution is to liberate every inch of the Syrian territory, and Idlib is no exception,” Mekdad told al-Mayadeen television news network.
He added, “The Turks and others should know that the Syrian government is determined to recover all of Syrian soil. Turkey must also understand that its support for terrorism and its occupation of the Syrian territory will not guarantee security.”
The high-ranking Syrian official then advised US-sponsored Kurdish militant groups active in Northern Syria to stop being used as a pawn by Washington, and to prove loyalty to their homeland.