Beginning early Sunday, Syrian forces managed to repel a massive offensive by besieged Nusra Front terrorists, capturing a warehouse of US-made weapons in process. Today, a fierce battle raged in the southern and southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, some 223 miles (360 kilometres) from Damascus, as several units of the Jabhat Fath ash-Sham (former al-Nusra Front) terrorist group tried to attack parts of city under government control. The offensive centred on the Ramouseh District, in the southwest of the city. According to al-Manar TV, “Government forces repelled the militants and inflicted casualties upon them”. If the militant attack had succeeded, it would breach the Syrian forces line. This would likely have established a supply route for the militants trapped inside the city. Conflict News reported two major suicide attacks that blew up massive dust and smoke columns that one could see from a long distance. In a desperate attempt to shield themselves from Russian airstrikes, militants resorted to burning tires to create a smokescreen over the city.
According to the RF Minoborony, the Syrian forces managed to capture a weapons warehouse. The warehouse, which belonged to Daesh and Nusra Front militants, contained a significant amount of US-made weapons. A video released by Anna News shows US-made ammunition, mortars, and even TOW-2 anti-tank guided missiles. On Thursday, a Russian-Syrian humanitarian operation began in Aleppo, with three humanitarian corridors opened to the city to allow trapped civilians and surrendered militants to reach safety. Four more corridors are due for opening in the near future. Lieutenant-General Sergei Chvarkov, the head of the Russian reconciliation centre in Syria, stated that 169 civilians and 69 surrendering militants have already fled the besieged city.
1 August 2016