The terrorists have deployed 1,200-strong attack force to storm the southwestern government-controlled areas of Aleppo city, the Russian General Staff said on October 21.
The deployed terrorist force includes 30 suicide bombers. Terrorists in Aleppo also continue to receive arms and ammunition, including portable anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS). The terrorists used the ongoing humanitarian pause to receive reinforcements to prepare new offensive operations.
“A group of over 1,200 militants, including 30 suicide-bombers, is preparing an attack on Aleppo from south-west. They have tanks, armored vehicles and over 20 pickups with heavy machine guns,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, said.
Rudskoy noted that all humanitarian corridors that should be used by civilians and ‘moderate militants’ to leave Aleppo are blocked by the terrorists.
“Militants continue to launch attacks from mortars and rocket systems on residential neighborhoods in the western part of Aleppo, including humanitarian corridors. Over the past 24 hours, eight have been killed and over 30 wounded in militants’ fire. As a result of one of the attacks 3 officers of the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation were lightly injured.”
The Russian general added that “yesterday [on Thursday] Ahrar ash-Sham militants have publicly executed 14 local officials for calling on civilians to used corridors to leave eastern parts of Aleppo.”
We recall earlier today Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies publicly claimed that they are going to attack the government forces in Aleppo city. ‘Moderate militants’ from Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki also stated that the next phase of Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield will be aimed against the Syrian army in Aleppo.