On October 22, heavy clashes resumed between the Syrian government forces and the Al-Nusra-led coalition of militant groups rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Especially heavy clashes were reported in the southern neighborhoods of Aleppo: Amiriyah and Sheikh Saeed.
Some sources report that the Syrian army and its allies launched a fresh offensive on the positions of Al-Nusra & Co inside the city. Pro-government media outlets argue that the government forces were repelling the terrorists’ attacks.
Air strikes have been reported inside and outside Aleppo since October 21. According to local sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces have been focusing on bombing al-Nusra’s supply lines in the southern Aleppo countryside while the Syrian Arab Air Force have delivered unspecified number of air strikes in northern Aleppo.
The Syrian army, Hezbollah and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (an Iraqi pro-government militia) deployed in total up to 4,000 fighters to the area of Aleppo within the ceasefire.
Al-Nusra and the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ deployed some 1,500 fighters, over 10 units of heavy military equipment and some 20 vehicles equipped with machine guns and mortars. The total manpower of the joint terrorist forces outside Aleppo city is about 12,000 fighters. The Russian Ministry of Defense informed that the terrorists received additional arms and military equipment, including portable anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS), and now they are preparing to attack the government forces from the southwestern direction.
As it was expected, the US-backed ‘opposition’ (al-Nusra & Co) has rejected all humanitarian proposal by Russia, Syria and the UN and denied the plan to withdraw from Aleppo, peacefully. So, intense anti-terrorist operations in the city will be resumed soon.
Meanwhile, the Russian sole aircraft carrier ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ is heading to the Syrian coast in order to participate, according to reports, in Moscow’s military capmaign in the coutnry. This deployment clearly indicates that the Russian military is expecting further escalation in the region.
The Syrian army is deploying military equipment to Aleppo city: