Syrian regime’s attack on Aleppo 'displaces thousands'

Syrian regime’s attack, alongside Russian air strikes and Hezbollah ground offences, displaces at least 35,000 people in northern city of Aleppo, says UNOCHA

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Syrians that fled recent fighting in Aleppo rest near a vehicle in the southern countryside of Aleppo, Syria.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported the displacement of thousands of people from the northern city of Aleppo, caused by the Syrian regime offensive targeting outskirts of the area.

Earlier this week, Iranian ground troops are reportedly amassing on Aleppo as they prepare to assist Bashar al Assad’s regime forces to reclaim Syria’s largest city from opposition rebels.

The offensive on Aleppo will see the regime expand northwards towards the Turkish border from the Hama governorate, where they pushed back opposition fighters last week, with the help of Russian air strikes.

In the last few days, at least 35,000 people have displaced as a result of fighting from Hader and Zerbeh on the southwestern outskirts of the settlement, a spokeswoman for the UNOCHA said on Monday.

The Syrian regime is launching raid against areas a few kilometres to the south of the city just closed to the highway to Damascus. The Syrian regime also supported by Russian air strikes, and on the ground by Iranian fighters alongside Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, claimed to have captured several villages.  

Head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdulrahman, said with references on ground, at least 41 rebel fighters had been killed in the region.

Earlier this week, Abdulrahman also said that opposition forces had targeted at least 11 army vehicles with guided anti-tank missiles near Aleppo since Friday.

Nour al Din al Zinki Brigades, one of the Aleppo-based rebel group said its commander was also killed.

The group was among the recipient of military support, which includes TOW missiles from the US and other regional coalition opposing the Bashar al-Assad’s regime.  

One of the group from the Aleppo-based rebel groups claimed that the military supplies were insufficient for a larger assault.

"A few [TOW missiles] will not do the trick. They need dozens," said an anonymous member of the group.

Russian warplanes began an aerial campaign against rebels’ bastions in Syria on September 30.

Since then the Syrian regime forces allied by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militias have conducted several ground attacks against rebel-held territories mainly in Hama, Idlib and Latakia's countryside.

TRTWorld and agencies