Beginning on Saturday morning, Jaish al-Fateh restarted its assault on western Aleppo following serious gains in the Dahiyat al-Assad district yesterday.
Initially, a Jaish al-Fateh suicide bomber struck a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) outpost at the Family Housing Amusement Park on the northwestern outskirts of Aleppo. Moments later, as Islamist rebels stormed the site, the SAA was forced to withdraw.
However, within an hour of seizing the Family Housing Amusement Park, the SAA conducted an ambush on jihadist militants infiltrating the area, causing tens of casualties. Upon encountering a hail of SAA gunfire, Jaish al-Fateh withdrew from the site, leaving it de facto no-mans land for several hours.
Another suicide bombing struck Jami’at al-Zahraa with Islamist rebels claiming to capture several checkpoints in the district and at the Al-Obri farms; this was however vocally denied by a credible Al-Masdar military source in Aleppo city.
Additionally, on Saturday afternoon, the Islamist rebels launched two further assaults at Minyan district and the Airforce Technical College. The latter attack was completely repelled while Islamist factions did overrun some SAA positions in the Minyan neighbourhood after two more suicide bombings spearheaded the attack.
This area of Jaish al-Fateh advances is located directly north of the Dihiyat al-Assad district. Meanwhile, a fifth suicide bombing also took place at the small government-held section of the 1070 Apartment Project.
The Islamist offensive on Aleppo city, arguably the most decisive in all of Syria, is led by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Qaeda affiliate), Ajnad al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham and some elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Moments ago, Al-Masdar News was informed that Syrian government forces had fully retaken the Family Housing Amusement Park. Effectively, the SAA has thwarted all attacks on northwestern Aleppo while Islamist rebels did gain ground in the Minyan neighbourhood.
At least five VBIED’s struck government-held western Aleppo today, adding to the six suicide bombings which took place yesterday.
A larger version of the Aleppo map can be found here.