With news of a large armored convoy entering the city of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took advantage of the increase in numbers by taking the offensive in the Kafr Hamra and Handarat Quarters, along with an attack at the orchards of Al-Qaseir.

Kafr Hamra:

On Monday morning, the SAA – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – carried out a powerful assault on the militants from the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) that are entrenched in the Kafr Hamra Quarter; this attack would come from the eastern flank of the enemy combatants frontline defenses.

Firefights are still ongoing in the Kafr Hamra Quarter; however, it appears that the SAA is attempting to encircle the Islamic Front militants inside the city of Aleppo, based on their current military maneuvers.

Bastan Al-Qaseir

The NDF frustrated a large Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham (Liberation of the Levant Movement) contingent at Bastan Al-Qaseir in southern Aleppo, after attempting to break-through their defenses and on multiple occasions on Monday.

The militants of Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham were able to fend off the infiltration attempts, but the frequent attacks were meant to agitate the fighters entrenched in the orchards of Al-Qaseir.

Handarat Camp:

A force comprised of some 70 Palestinians from the former Al-Nayrab Refugee Camp in Aleppo have formed a single unit known as “Liwaa Al-Aqsa” – they have carried out a number of attacks alongside the SAA in Handarat Camp

The SAA and Liwaa Al-Aqsa stormed the Islamic Front’s defenses at the southwest perimeter of the Handarat Camp, advancing their positions from the main entrance they control

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Al-Zahra Association Quarter:

The Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) attempted to breach the SAA and NDF defenses at the Al-Zahra Association Quarter in west Aleppo again on Monday, following their withdrawal the day before.

According to a military source in west Aleppo, the attack was unable to generate any advance for the Al-Nusra Front, as they attempted to capture the Air Force Intelligence building inside this quarter for over a year.

Syriac Neighborhood:

9 civilians were reportedly killed on Monday after a number of indiscriminate rockets were fired by Islamic Front militants on the Syriac Neighborhood of Aleppo City.

The lists of the casualties are as followed:

  1. Mohammad As’ad Younis (66 years old)
  2. Ahmad Sabbagh bin ‘Abdel-Qader (45 years old)
  3. ‘Umar Jaraajli (19 years old)
  4. Mohammad Al-‘Umar bin Hassan (17 years old)
  5. ‘Umar Sit Al-Yameen bin Jameel (16 years old)
  6. Abdel-Ghaffour Zaabeeli bin Issam (16 years old)
  7. Mohammad Nour Hazwaani bin IsHaq (unknown age)
  8. Unidentified female
  9. Unidentified child
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Kevin Smit
Kevin Smit
2015-02-17 20:38

May the civilians and fallen soldiers rest in peace.