On Tuesday morning, the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets reappeared in the Aleppo Governorate after a brief 24 hour hiatus due to the rough weather conditions that caused low visibility and dangerous flight conditions for their military personnel operating in northern Syria.
Anxious to make-up for lost time, the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 and SU-25 fighter jets concentrated their efforts on Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s (largest Islamist rebel group) positions in the northern Aleppo countryside after intelligence reports confirmed a large movement of Islamist rebels along the imperative Haraytan Highway.
Several field reports from northern Aleppo confirmed that the Russian Air Force struck the large rebel strongholds of Haraytan, ‘Anadan, Kafr Hamra, and Hayyan along the Haraytan Highway, killing scores of Islamists in the aforementioned cities as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to push into the Al-Layramoun Quarter inside the provincial capital.
According to social media activists from the Syrian Opposition, 7 members of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham were reportedly killed by one Russian airstrike in the city of ‘Anadan, while several others were killed in the aerial bombardments that followed in the northern Aleppo countryside.
Meanwhile, to the south of the Haraytan Highway, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) pushed their way into the Al-Layramoun Industrial District after weeks of fighting the Islamist rebels along the Layramoun-Khalidiyah axis.
The Syrian Armed Forces’ assault on the Industrial District is an attempt to alleviate the pressure applied by the Islamist rebels on the Al-Zahra Association Quarter, which is located directly south of the Al-Layramoun Quarter.