On January 30, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a series of caves dug by militants in the outskirt of the town of Khan Tuman in southwest Aleppo, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
Militants apparently used these caves, which were dug into the side of a hilltop in Khan Tuman, as hideouts, depots or shelters.
Earlier on January 30, the army repelled a large counter-attack on Khan Tuman carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL).
The SANA’s reporter in southwestern Aleppo said that the army is now shelling militants’ positions and fortifications in the region.
The army and its allies, including Lebanese Hezbollah, may resume their advance in the region in the upcoming few hours. The next target will likely be the towns of al-Khalidya and al-Qarasi.