Late on January 31, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) recaptured the al-Sahafyeen residential complex in northwest Aleppo from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The militants launched a large attack on the area in the afternoon and recaptured it following several hours of heavy clashes with the SAA.
In the curse of the attack, HTS carried out a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack on army troops in al-Sahafyeen. The group said that the attack was successful, claiming that the attacker returned after parking his booby-trapped vehicle in the targeted area.
However, several military sources told SouthFront that the SVBIED was damaged by the SAA and later destroyed from a safe distance. No one was injured in the explosion.
HTS and its allies will likely develop their operations in northwest Aleppo after this successful attack. However, the SAA is reportedly preparing to recapture al-Sahafyeen and resume its advance in the region.
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