According to militants’ sources, armed ‘moderate’ opposition groups started to fight against each other in order to take control over rapidly diminishing resources in the besieged city.
After a failed attempt to break through a military blockade of Syrian troops in eastern Aleppo, armed ‘moderate’ opposition groups started to fight against each other over rapidly diminishing resources, including weapons and advantageous positions in the city.
An intense fighting between members of various groups was registered on the western frontier of the eastern side of Aleppo on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based watchdog group, reported.
A spokesperson for the Nour al-Din al-Zinki Islamist group, which is a part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), said that militants of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the Al-Nusra Front), the Abu-Amara Brigade and the Nour al-Din al-Zinki jointly attacked positions of the Fastaqim Kama Umirt group, which itself is also a component of the FSA.
He also noted that militants intended to capture positions and weapons, belonging to the Fastaqim, and added that now the warring sides have announced a ceasefire, trying to solve sectarian differences.
Last week, the same groups together took part in a massive counter-offensive on positions of the Syrian Army, trying to break through the siege of eastern Aleppo. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 127 civilians were killed and 254 others were wounded in the ‘bloodbath’ offensive, occurred during the two-week humanitarian pause.
The failed offensive became a catastrophe for terrorists. According to Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, militants lost 80 pickup trucks, equipped with heavy machine guns, 21 battle tanks, 14 mortar crews, 12 bomb-equipped suicide vehicles, ten infantry fighting vehicles, and six rocket artillery systems.
On Friday, Russian military announced the beginning of a new 10-hour humanitarian pause in order to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians and unarmed militants from Aleppo. However, armed opposition groups, including the Nour al-Din al-Zinki, which the US considers a moderate group, stated that they are not going to leave the city.
During the last pause, militants shelled a humanitarian corridor, located on Aleppo’s Castello road, wounding two Russian servicemen. As the Al-Mayadin TV-channel reported, extremists do not let civilians to escape from the city.