Jihadist rebels continue, for the third day, their wide-scale offensive in southern Aleppo aimed to lift the siege on the districts they control in the eastern parts of the embattled city.
Today’s battles have, so far, granted the insurgents full control on Sawmills area in Minyan following fierce battles with the government troops; now holed up at the adjacent Cardboard factory.
In Ramouseh district, several Army troops were reported dead when the hardline militants in Sukkari district detonated a tunnel under a building used as a barrack.
Pro-rebel accounts on social media claimed that dozens of Army soldiers, including officers, have been captured by the jihadists in Ramouseh. Al Masdar News could not verify the authenticity of these claims.
A military source told Al Masdar News that the whole Ramouseh district is now being attacked by rebel rockets
“A homegrown rocket also hit the perimeter of the Assad Military Academy. Only material damage reported”, he added.
According to the State-run news agency SANA, 6 civilians have been killed, 11 others injured as Islamist rebels shelled a government-held neighborhood with rockets filled with toxic gas.