Pro-Assad forces defeated by rebels in Aleppo, 20 killed

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ARA News 

Aleppo, Syria – At least 20 members of the pro-regime military forces were killed on Wednesday during clashes with the armed opposition in the vicinity of the Handarat area in the Aleppo countryside, northern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Imad Hussein said that Handarat clashes came after the pro-regime forces attempted to raid the rebel-held area.

“The main rebel group involved in Handarat clashes was Ansar ad-Din battalion, whose fighters were able to deter the pro-Assad military offensive on Wednesday,” Hussein reported. ” At least 20 pro-Assad soldiers were killed, while five rebel fighters were reported dead during the clashes.”

Amid the clashes, the pro-regime military forces shelled the Handarat area with tanks, while the military helicopters dropped several explosive barrels on the rebels’ strongholds in the area, local sources told ARA News.  “Despite the intensive efforts by the pro-Assad army, they couldn’t regain control of Handarat.”

In the same context, civil rights activist Ahmed Abdul Salam told ARA News in Aleppo that six civilians were wounded on Wednesday in the town of Tel Rifaat due to aerial bombardment by pro-regime warplanes on the town, north of Aleppo.

“Among the casualties were two children and a woman; they were accordingly transferred to a field hospital in the town,” said Abdul Salam.

Meanwhile, the pro-Assad warplanes targeted the city of Azaz in the countryside of Aleppo with missiles, while the pro-Assad helicopters dropped explosive barrels on al-Shaar neighbourhood in central Aleppo, resulting in the destruction of several residential buildings in the area. No casualties were reported.

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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