Syrian air force targets Islamists eastern Aleppo, casualties reported

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ALEPPO – Syrian regime’s warplanes on Monday conducted several airstrikes on headquarters of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s eastern province of Aleppo, causing casualties among civilians, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Muhannad al-Jassem said that pro-regime warplanes targeted several ISIS strongholds in the towns of Qabasin and Bizaa southwest the city of al-Bab, killing a number of militants and destroying an ISIS headquarters.

“At least five civilians were among those killed in the attack,” he reported. 

Al-Jassim pointed out that pro-Assad warplanes targeted ISIS-held villages on the road between the Oum Myal and Abu Taweel districts south of Manbij, causing a number of injuries among civilians.

Meanwhile, clashes renewed between pro-regime forces and ISIS fighters on the outskirts of Tadef town amid exchange of artillery shelling. The hardline group was trying to infiltrate into positions for the regime’s army, according to local activists.  

Pro-regime forces continue to target ISIS headquarters in the northern and eastern suburbs of Aleppo, in a bid to advance in the city of al-Bab–one of the main bastions for ISIS in northwestern Syria.

This comes as the western coalition continued striking ISIS positions in areas north of Aleppo, where dozens of militants were killed and injured in the past few weeks. 

Also, the northern countryside of Aleppo is witnessing battles between different armed groups. The developments in Aleppo could determine the results of the ongoing Syria peace talks in Geneva, according to observers.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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