Now, the pro-government forces’s positions are reportedly in about 300 meters from the Castello Highway, the only supply line to the militant-controlled areas of Aleppo city. Following July 7 advances, when the Syrian army secured the Mallah Farms and set a fire control on the Castello Highway, pro-government forces are desperatly advancing on the joint forces of Al Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and other militant groups, operating in the area.
Ambulance is picking up dead people on the Castello Highway:
— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) July 8, 2016
Following the recent advances of Syrian army at the strategic highway the Kurdish YPG units launched an advance to link up with the pro-government forces in the area. Now, the Kurdish YPG is engaged in heavy clashes at the front of the Youth Housing Complex near the higway.
Al Nusra, Nour al Dein al Zenki, Levant Front, Jaysh al-Fateh and the Free Syrian Army are attempting to re-open the only supply line to their allies in Aleppo. Militants are deploying massive reinforcements from the Idlib area. Pro-rebel sources say that up to 40 000 (or event 50 000) militants will be engaged in the battle for Aleppo.
Reports appear that Jaysh al-Fateh and Fatah Halab will held meeting in Turkey in next days about their strategy in the Aleppo battle.
Mmeanwhile, hundreds of Jaysh al-Fateh fighters arrived in Eis in order to participate in the operations in the Aleppo area.