The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and local pro-government fighters repelled a limited attack by Turkish-backed militants on the towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa in northern Aleppo on May 24.
According to local sources, a small unit of militants infiltrated the outskirt of the two towns and attacked a position of the SAA near Ma’ersta al-Khan. However, the army and local fighters targeted the militants with heavy weapons forcing them to withdraw.
Hezbollah’s Military Media in Syria released photos showing the bodies of three militants, who had been killed in the failed attack.
A source in the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) told the Baladi News outlet that four Syrian soldiers were killed and ten others were injured in the attack. However, these claims are yet to be verified.
In response to the attack, the SAA artillery pounded several positions of Turkish-backed factions in the nearby town of Bayanou.
This unusual incident was preceded with a series of rocket and mortar attacks on Nubl and al-Zahraa. Turkish-backed militants claim that these attacks are a response to the ongoing airstrikes on Idlib and its surroundings. However, local observers believe that the two towns are being targeted due to their close ties with Kurdish forces.
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