It has been almost eight months since the Syrian Armed Forces have made any advances inside the provincial capital of Aleppo; however, this changed on Saturday morning, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – backed by the Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigades) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – conducted a powerful assault on the Suleiman Al-Halabi District.
The Syrian Armed Forces launched their assault on the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” at the Suleiman Al-Halabi District from their positions at the Midan District, killing almost two dozen enemy combatants before they were able to fight their way to the east sector of this district.
The Suleiman Al-Halabi District is an imperative part of Aleppo City, as it sits directly west of the rebel strongholds at the Al-Sakhur and Sheikh Khadeir Districts; if these aforementioned districts are captured by the Syrian Armed Forces, it will provide them a gateway to the Hanano District.
In addition to their advance at the Suleiman Al-Halabi District, the Syrian Armed Forces also continued their counter-assault at the Bustan Al-Basha District, where they confronted a large contingent from Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front) near the Sports Stadium.
North of Aleppo City, the Syrian Armed Forces and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah clashed at the towns of Handarat and Bashkoy, resulting in the death of a number of Islamist fighters, including Mohammad Fouad Al-Bushri, Ahmad Ibrahim Mohsen, Jamal Thabet Al-Masri, and Bashir Mustafa Sharif.