The Arabic-language website of Russia’s state news agency, Sputnik, reported that the terrorist groups, deployed in al-Zahra region in Western Aleppo that is a part of the demilitarized zone based on the Sochi Agreement, launched artillery and missile attacks on al-Nil, al-Shahba and al-Sehah Housings that are under the army’s control.
It further said that the army later opened heavy artillery fire at the terrorists’ positions in Western Aleppo in retaliation.
In the meantime, heavy clashes erupted between the army soldiers and terrorists at the Scientific Research district in Western Aleppo.
The terrorists had announced a few days ago that they were completing withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) had claimed that Faylaq al-Sham withdrew its heavy arms from Southern and Western Aleppo.
In the meantime, SOHR reported on Sunday that the Turkey-backed terrorists who had claimed that they started transfer of heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone in Northern Syria were hiding their arms in Northern Lattakia, pro-opposition media sources reported.
SOHR reported that there was no clear indication of a retreat by militant groups from the weapons-free zone after the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey, adding that 70% of the demilitarized region was still under the occupation of militants.
It said that Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham and the Coastal Regiments 1 and 2, affiliated to the National Liberation Front (NFL), have not retreated from Northern and Northeastern Lattakia, noting that they have only concealed their heavy weapons in tunnels.
NFL’s spokesman had on Saturday claimed that the process to transfer heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone in Northern Syria started.