Around dawn today, Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda group) and several other rebel groups launched a series of attacks on positions held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) just west of the Aleppo citadel in central Aleppo.

According to information obtained by Al-Masdar News, rebel forces did capture about ten buildings near the Al-Morour building (police station), Amir hotel and Souq Al-Hal (food market) during the morning.

The offensive was spearheaded by a major tunnel bomb blast.

Seven Al-Qaeda fighters emerged from another tunnel behind enemy lines in an effort to ambush the SAA; these militants were later killed as they seemed to have been sent on a suicidal mission by their commander to combat and inflict casualties upon SAA troops.

Shortly after, the SAA retook all lost buildings and managed to push the Islamist rebels back to their initial positions.

Picture of the deceased rebel fighters can be seen here.

During the afternoon, the rebel offensive was officially over – sniper fire and booby traps had proven too costly for the Al-Nusra Front and its allies.

Minor clashes are ongoing.

Insurgents still remain under siege in Aleppo due to the SAA’s Tiger Forces enjoying fire control over the Castello road, the last rebel supply line to the city itself.

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