Pro-government source argue that the Syrian army and its allies liberated Souq Al Jebes near the Al Assad district from jihadists on August 9. If this is true, Jaish al-Fatah’s corridor to eastern Aleppo, de facto, does not exist. However, pro-militant and neutral sources deny these reports. It looks that last night the Syrian army was forced to withraw from the area under the pressure of jihadi forces.
Reports appear that a large convoy of Hezbollah fighters (about 500) arrived in southern Aleppo last night. Hezbolalh will likely hold the flanks of the advancing Syrian army units when (or if) the opration to cut off the militant corridor is started. It’s expected that in coming weeks Hezbollah will deploy up to 1,500 more fighters in the battle for Aleppo.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (former Jabhat Al Nusra) has reported that the group had recieved reinforcements (some 3,000 fighters) in southwestern Aleppo. If somebody does not known, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham is the main striking force and a leading part of the Jaish al-Fatah operation room. Separatly, reports appear that militant reinforcements from Latakia and Idlib have arrived the areas west of the Mallah Farms. These facts confirm our conclusions in the previous analysis (HERE).
Sporadic fights and constant artillery duels are reported in the 1070 Apartment Project (mostly controlled by jihadists) and at the 3000 Apartment Project (controlled by the Syrian army).
Syrian and Russian air strikes have been observed in the 1070 Apartment Project, the Ramouseh Artillery Base, in the areas west of the Mallah Farms and in the triangle Saraqib-Taftanaz-Zerbah.
Air strikes targeting the Ramouseh Artillery Base:
Clashes at the Cement Plant in the Ramouseh Neighborhood: