Syrian rebels attack ISIS-held areas in Aleppo, killing dozens


Syrian rebel fighters stand in a damaged section of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the old city of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Sunday, at least 35 insurgents of the Islamic State group (ISIS/IS) were killed during clashes with rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the villages of the northern countryside of Aleppo province, northern Syria.

The civil rights activist Imad Hussein told ARA News in Aleppo that clashes broke out between the Islamic State’s militants and rebel factions of the FSA –backed by fighters of the Mujahideen Army, the Islamic Front and Fajr al-Hurriyya– in several villages in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

“Thirty-five IS militants were killed in the battles of northern Aleppo, which claimed lives of 10 fighters from Fajr al-Hurriyya brigades,” Hussein reported.

“The clashes were intense in the villages of Ahtemilat, Dabiq, Arshaf, and al-Madajin, where FSA and Islamic battalions were able to cut off supply routes towards the IS-held area of al-Madajin,” Hussein told ARA News.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, activist Hussein Abdel Salam said that the FSA fighters and allied Islamic battalions took control of several headquarters of the pro-regime forces in the village of Sefat in the northern countryside of Aleppo on Sunday, following violent clashes between the two sides.

Sefat clashes coincided with artillery shelling on the village from the pro-regime headquarters, without recording casualties.

On the other hand, opposition activist Mohammed Salloum from the city of Idlib told ARA News that the pro-Assad warplanes bombarded the city of Binnish and the village of Maarshorin in the countryside of Idlib with missiles on Sunday afternoon, killing at least two civilians, a child and a young man, in addition to injuring 18 others, who were transferred to nearby field hospitals.

In the meantime, the pro-Assad helicopters dropped several explosive barrels on the city of Saraqib and Naqeer area in the countryside of Idlib.

The pro-regime warplanes also bombarded the towns of Maaret al-Numan and Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib’s southern countryside with missiles, without recording casualties.


Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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