On January 31 morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies resumed their advance in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, imposing control of several new areas.
The army reportedly captured the areas of Rajm Judran, Khirbat Kharas and Tulul al-Hazmr as well as the town of al-Khalidya from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA and its allies captured at least 17 militants of HTS while advancing in southwest Aleppo.
By capturing al-Khalidya, the army has effectively imposed fire control of a large part of the M5 highway. The strategic highway links Aleppo with the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Heavy clashes are still taking place in southwest Aleppo, with some sources reporting a new push by the SAA towards the towns of al-Qarasi and Qal’ajiyah to the south of al-Khalidya. The army will likely secure the two towns within a few hours.