On February 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies reached the outskirt of the town of al-Eis in the southwestern Aleppo countryside. The town and its hilltop are the main target of the ongoing military operation in the region.
Army units reached al-Eis after capturing the nearby towns of Zaytan and Birnah from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), army units are now “chasing” the militants fleeing to al-Eis and its hilltop.
A day earlier, the SAA and its allies, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, resumed their advance in southwest Aleppo. The forces captured the towns of Khalasah and Qal’ajiyah.
Al-Eis’ hilltop, which rises 365m above sea level, overlooks the remaining militants’ positions in southwest Aleppo as well as a long strip of the M5 highway. Once the hilltop is captured by the army, militants’ defenses will collapse.