The Syrian army is preparing for a decisive assault on Aleppo
DAMASCUS, November 18 — RIA Novosti, Yevgeny Orel. The Syrian army backed by allied militia is preparing to launch a large-scale operation to sweep the Eastern areas of Aleppo, the control of which is held by armed gangs. According to Arab experts, in the East of the city can be up to 7 thousand fighters.
In the framework of the fire preparation for the assault by the Syrian military on Thursday began to inflict artillery strikes on fortified points and firing positions of the enemy in the neighborhoods of Tariq al-Bab, Saliheen, Shaar, Karam Bey and es-Sukkari. It is through these areas is the first line of defense of the terrorists.
In parallel with this, the army air force carried out a RAID in the village of Khan al-ASAL, Kafr Hamra and Haritan. The objectives of the airstrikes steel supply lines gangs. In addition, the militants have lost a significant part of its armored vehicles and SUVs equipped with heavy machine guns.
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In turn, army and militia attacked the enemy in the outskirts of Khan tuman, Rashidin-Rashidin 4 and-5. According to sources, RIA Novosti, the closer army to the outposts of the illegal groups clashes have become increasingly violent.
On Friday morning, Syrian air force resumed sorties over Aleppo, destroying one of the key command posts of the armed coalition of “Jaish al-Fath” (which includes the militants of the banned in Russia “dzhebhat an-Nusra”) on the outskirts of Khan al-ASAL, West of the city. According to the military, the impact also knocked out several armored vehicles.
In addition, as a result of the raids had destroyed several headquarters of the group “jabhat al Fatah ash-sham” (formerly “al-Nusra”). These large bases of the radicals are located in the settlements of Kfar Hamra and Haritan (North of Aleppo).
Army artillery firing at the concentration of armed groups in the North-East and East of the city. The military also continue to occur in the South-West, where are fighting for control of the former industrial area of Sheikh said. Government forces, backed by militias attacked the outposts of the enemy on the outskirts of Rashidin-Rashidin 4 and 5 as well as in the suburbs of Mansoura.
In anticipation of an order
Currently an elite unit of the Syrian armed forces are concentrated in nine key points of the city and are awaiting orders to start Stripping the bandits controlled areas.
Despite the state of siege, the terrorists continue to be shelling the Western districts of Aleppo under the protection of government forces. Thus, in the second half of the day on Friday gangs opened fire from jet systems of volley fire. The shells fell on the territory of quarter El Governorate, killing three people, including two children. Another 11 people were injured, some of them were taken to hospital in serious condition.
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By many accounts, the situation inside Eastern Aleppo is far from stable. In particular, the bandits are forced to tighten control over mosques for fear of civil unrest.
Many residents are unhappy that the terrorists did not allow them to take advantage of the recent pause in the fighting to leave the danger zone in one of humanitarian corridors. Instead, they continue to use civilians as human shields, the people respond with disobedience and spontaneous protests.
According to sources RIA Novosti on Thursday, a wave of peaceful demonstrations swept through the neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr (where there is one of humanitarian corridors), Jisr al-Hajj, al-Kallyasa and al-Marja. The priority demands of citizens in addition to the ability to freely leave the Eastern part of the city included a “fair” distribution of food and medicines, most of which are concentrated in the hands of radical groups.
In the framework announced recently in Aleppo humanitarian pause militants were given the opportunity to cease hostilities and leave the city with arms in two specially established corridors. In addition, according to the source RIA Novosti, Moscow agreed with the UN medical evacuation from the Eastern part of the city, 200 persons along with their families. However, according to representatives of the Russian Ministry of defense, members of opposition groups and “dzhebhat an-Nusra” had hindered the withdrawal of the sick and wounded from the city.
At the moment of the terrorist group related to “dzhebhat an-Nusra” (“Haraket Nur-ed-DIN Al-Zinki” and “Ahrar Al-sham”), hold thousands of civilians in the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo and suppress their attempts to leave through the designated army humanitarian corridors.