Various jihadi factions, including Ahrar al-Sham, al-Jabhat al-Islāmiyyah (the Islamic Front), Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest), Ajnad al-Sham and Suqour al-Jabal united efforts in an attempt to break the siege from east Aleppo that had been set up by the Syrian government forces earlier this week. The main goal of the militant advance is to re-open the strategic Castello Highway that leads to the militant-held areas of Aleppo city.
Clashes erupted at south and southeast Aleppo city. According to Ahrar al-Sham’s spokesperson the clashes are ongoing at a 20km long frontline. However, the main efforts of the militants are concentrated at new Syrian army check points that had been set up at the Castello Highway.
Jihadi factions set up tyres in Idlib-Aleppo countryside attempting to limit visibility for Russian and Syrian warplanes.
Ahrar al-Sham official statement announcing the offensive: