Today, the Syrain army has been forced to return to the Castello Highway (is set to be turned into a humanitarian corridor according to the US-Russian agreements) in northwestern Aleppo after militants of the US-backed Jaish al-Fatah operation room shelled Russian military servicemen and representatives of the Red Crescent Society in the area. There are also reports that militants have attempted to advance in the area.
The Syrian army answered to this deploying forces along the Castello Highway and the Russian Aerospace Forces, according to AlMasdarNews, delivered an air strike on the militant-controlled 46th Regiment Base in northwestern Aleppo. This has been the first Russian air strike in Aleppo since the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
We recall on September 15, the Syrian army started to withdraw heavy and light military equipment from the strategic Castello Highway and hand over checkpoints along it to the Red Crescent Society and representatives of the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria. Separately, a representative of the Russian Defense Ministry said that creation of a demilitarized zone at the Castello Highway may be halted if militants continue to ingore the casefire regime.
Meanwhile, reports reports appeared that the US-backed ‘opposition’ is preparing a fresh full-scale advance on the Syrian army and its allies in the northern part of Hama province. It’s important to note that the reports are observed in the both pro-government and pro-militant sources.