Syrian rebels advance in Aleppo, Assad army responds with barrel bombs

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Syrian rebel fighters countering weapons and ammunition seized from regime army. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Wednesday, the Syrian armed opposition forces launched an attack on the regime-held headquarters in the southern countryside of Aleppo, seizing a large deal of weapons and ammunition, local activists reported.

As rebels were able to control Hamidiya village and seize weapons and ammunition, pro-regime air forces conducted several strikes on the opposition-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, claiming lives of dozens among civilians. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Wael Mohammed reported that rebels of Ahrar ash-Sham supported by other factions from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) gained control of Hamidiya town, near the strategic town of Khanasser ــa regime’s major supply line in Aleppo province.

“The rebels seized heavy machine guns and a large deal of ammunition,” Mohammad reported.

At least 10 pro-Assad soldiers were killed, as hundreds others retreated towards the defense plants near as-Sufaira town.

“The rebel group of Sham Corps (Failaq ash-Sham) planned an ambush for pro-regime forces in the industrial city of Aleppo, killing a number of soldiers and bombing a vehicle (BMB),” the source told ARA News.

Regime forces responded fiercely to the armed opposition forces through intensifying air raids on several neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo. 

Mustafa Suleiman, a fighter from ash-Shamiya Front, told ARA News that pro-Assad helicopters targeted with barrel bombs the neighborhoods of Kallasa, Qatirji, Hulk and Haydariya, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens others. 

 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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