Following the announcement of the November 4 ceasefire by Russia, both the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nura, the Syrian al-Qaeda branch)-led alliance Jaish al-Fatah and the Syrian government forces deployed massive reinforcements to Aleppo city.
Last night, Jaish al-Fatah deployed reinforcements (allegedly up to 800 fighters) into the areas near Minyan and al-Assad neighborhoods. At the same time, a large convoy of Liwa al-Quds (a Palestinian pro-government militia) fighters arrived the same area. According to unfonfirmed reports, there are about 2,500 Liwa al-Quds members are currently deployed in western Aleppo.
After these preparations for another ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo city, the battle for Aleppo resumed with a new power on November 3.
Few minutes ago, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies announced the start of 2nd phase of their offensive in Aleppo city and launched massive shellings of the government-controlled areas in the al-Assad and Minyan neighborhoods and the 3000 Aprtment project.
Then, a large suicide vehicle-borne improvised eplosive device belonging to the ‘moderate opposition’ targeted the government forces positions between Minyan and al-Assad areas.
After this, Jaish al-Fatah troops launched attack on the Syrian army and its allies there. A separate offensive was launched in the al-Assad neighborhood.
The map below depicts areas of the 2nd phase of the militants’ offensive operation.
There are no doubts that the ongoing clashes will likely undermine Russian humanitarian efforts in Aleppo city that had been planned for tomorrow.
Ahrar al-Sham militants (the group is a part of Jaish al-Fatah) shelling the Syrian army positions in the 3000 Apartment Project:
Faylaq Al-Sham, Ansar Al-Din and Fatah Halab militants are heading to western Aleppo frontline: