Last night, the Fateh Halab militant group launched a firece advance on the Kurdish controlled neighborhood of Aleppo city, Sheikh Maqsood. The Fateh Halab advance was supported by heavy artillery fire from the militant-controlled neighborhoods of Bani Zaid and Sakan Shababi. However, jihadists were not able to break the Kurdish YPG (or “People’s Protection Units”) defenses in Sheikh Maqsood and Fateh Halab lost several fighters in the failed advance.
Then, YPG units counter-attacked the militants in Youth Housing at the Castello Highway and seized it. This move assists to the Syrian army’s operation along the Castello Highway aimed to set a full encirclement of east Aleppo.
When the Kurds were clashing with militants in Youth Housing, the Syrian army advanced in the Bani Zeid neighborhood, engaging the jihadi forces assisting Fateh Halab’s operations against Kurds. Army units are developing momentum in the neighborhood.
Now, when the militants are encircled in east Aleppo, the Syrian army and the Kurdish YPG will consolidate their gains in the area of Castello Highway while the Syrian military is preparing for further operations to liberate the whole Aleppo city.