Opposition in Syria receives more weapons for Aleppo battle

Syrian opposition says it received new arms shipments including US-made anti-tank missiles

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Suheil (L), a 28-year-old Free Syrian Army fighter of the 101 Division, monitors the movements of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the town of Morek, in the northern countryside of Hama, Syria, October 14, 2015.

Syrian opposition forces have said that they have received new supplies of US-made anti-tank missiles from the United States in order to help them in their fight to control Aleppo.

The Free Syrian Army group of western-backed moderate rebels told Reuters that new supplies had been delivered in response to operations launched by pro Assad forces such as Iranian soldiers and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

However officials from one of the rebel groups stated that the new weapons are not enough to withstand the instensifying assault on Aleppo.

"A few will not do the trick. They need dozens," indicated one of the officials.

Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that opposition forces had targeted at least 11 army vehicles with guided anti-tank missiles near Aleppo since Friday.

Syrian opposition forces allegedly shot down a drone reportedly made in Russia south of Aleppo on Monday.

Aleppo is Syria’s second largest city. It borders Turkey and is home to about 2 million people, with large swathes under the control of opposition fighters. Repeated attacks by regime forces using barrel bombs kill thousands in Aleppo alone every month.

"This is the promised battle," a senior military source in Syria said of the offensive backed by hundreds of Hezbollah fighters and Iranian forces. "The main core is the Syrian army," the source told Reuters.

TRTWorld and agencies