Syrian regime air strikes hit Aleppo amid rebel push

Syrian regime conducts heavy air strikes on opposition fighters in northern city of Aleppo

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Syrian Regime aircraft executed intensive aerial bombardment on areas held by the rebel forces in the northern province of Aleppo after Syrian opposition forces launched the battle to capture Aleppo on Thursday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Fierce confrontations have continued since Thursday night between the regime soldiers and the opposition fighters in Jamiat Az Zahra according to SOHR.

Two military operation rooms were formed for the Battle of Aleppo, Ansar al Sharia and Aleppo Conquest.

The Ansar al Sharia operation room issued a statement in which the names of 13 Syrian opposition groups are listed as components participating in the operation. The Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, Ahrar al Sham, Ansar al Khilafa, Ansaru Deen, al Awal brigade, Abu Amara brigades, Mujahedi al Islam and other groups in the agreement are responsible for launching the attack from the north.

Meanwhile, the Aleppo Conquest operation room, which was established at last April, consisting of the Levant Front, al Mujahideen Army, Nuruddin al Zangi, Failaq al Sham and others launched their attack on regime forces from the west of Jamiat Az Zahra

According to SOHR, more than 23 rebels and 12 Syrian regime soldiers were killed in the clashes waged on Friday in the neighbourhoods of Laymoun, Shehan, al Buhuth al Ilmia in New Aleppo district, and the Castle district in old Aleppo.

Ansar al Shariah launched more than 400 shells targeting regime held areas across the city.

The shelling resulted in the death of at least four civilians while 70 others were wounded in the two neighbourhoods of al-Ashrafiyah and al-Khalidiyah.

Clashes between the regime and armed opposition groups in Aleppo started in 2012, leading to mass destruction and bombardment in the province.

Armed opposition forces took control of parts of the city after confrontations and clashes with regime forces and pro-regime militias.  

Aleppo is currently divided into two parts, regime and opposition-held. Between the two parts of the city there is a passage called the “Bustan al-Kaser”, which the regime sometimes closes, preventing civilians from passing to regime-held parts of the city.

The Syrian regime has waged a campaign of intense air strikes against Aleppo since Dec. 18, 2013.

More than 220,000 Syrians have been killed so far in the country’s four-year civil war according to UN estimates. More than 6.7 million Syrians, 70 percent of the country's population, are displaced internally. While at least 5 millions have fled the country to neighbouring Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.   

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