Jihadi rebels in the northern city of Aleppo have suffered disastrous losses last night as they were hammered with the fiercest aerial bombardment and artillery shelling ever since the start of the Syrian war.
Syrian and Russian fighter jets and helicopters, aided by Army artillery units, pounded the rebel-held districts of Bani Zeid, Layramon, Khalidiyah, Castello, Zahraa district, and Al-Mallah, forcing the hardline militants to abandon some of their positions after suffering heavy losses in fighters and military hardware.
Small infantry units then began a limited ground operation, making slight but significant advances in the Factories Area in al- Khalidiyah and capturing several buildings near the Great Prophet Mosque in Zahraa district.
A field reporter told Al Masdar News that the overnight offensive killed scores of militants and destroyed a BMP vehicle, tank and at least 4 trucks equipped with machine guns.
“The attack was launched to test the rebels’ defensive’s and spot their weaknesses. The real ground invasion hasn’t even started yet”, the reporter added.
Meanwhile, a senior Syrian Army field commander said last night’s firepower is of a medium degree compared to the upcoming days. Huge reinforcements have been pouring into Aleppo battlegrounds since the Nusra-led Jaish al-Fateh took over several villages from the Syrian Army and allied forces in the southern outskirts some 10 days ago.