In a statement released on Tuesday, the Levant Front (part of the ‘Fatah Halab’ rebel coalition) said it had lost 12 of its fighters during fierce combat in southern Aleppo.
Furthermore, a senior Levant Front commander, nick-named “Abu Hamza Al-Shami”, was killed.
The Levant Front is one of many Islamist rebel groups participating in the offensive – the entire insurgent death toll is estimated in the hundreds already, especially due to airstrikes landing on the region with just minutes in-between.
Around 8,000 Islamist fighters are said to have been mobilized by Fatah Halab and Jaish al-Fatah to lead a broad-front offensive in the countryside southwest of Aleppo. Many were redeployed from Latakia five days ago or are reservists called in from Idlib province.
The Islamist offensive is intended to reach besieged rebel districts in eastern Aleppo while simultaneously cutting off the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) supply line to western Aleppo. Nevertheless, the latest field report from southern Aleppo indicates the SAA and its allies have retaken some of their lost ground although the situation is still critical.