After a week of violent firefights, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – backed by the National Defenses (NDF), Al-Ba’ath Brigades (Liwaa Al-Ba’ath), and Hezbollah (Party of God) – have declared the entrances to Camp Handarat in northeast Aleppo under their control. The SAA, led by Colonel ‘Ali Al-Saleh of the 2nd Army Corps, have secured the southern and eastern perimeter of the camp, while also asserting fire control over the remaining areas.
According to a civilian source in Aleppo, at least 6 gas canisters were fired on the Bani Zaid, Ashrafiyyeh, and Al-Zahra Quarters of the provincial capital, killing an unconfirmed number of civilians and wounding at least a dozen individuals. Recently, the Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) withdrew from the Al-Zahra Quarter, but the remaining Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) fighters remained – they are believed to be responsible for this attack.
At the Al-Castillo Junction, the SAA has continued their intense assault on the ‘Ahrar Al-Sham (Liberators of the Levant) militants protecting their last supply route to the city of Aleppo. The SAA is within 100 meters of Al-Castillo and progressing towards the junction; however, Ahrar Al-Sham has replied with significant resistance, as their reinforcements attempt to thwart the attack.