The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in coordination with the Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen – launched a fresh offensive into the relatively untouched part of the New and Old Aleppo Quarters, where they attempted to break-through the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) frontline defenses.
Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies began their offensive by attacking the SAA and NDF at the Maysaloun, Al-‘Aziziyeh, Al-Suleimaniyeh, and Al-Hamidiyeh Neighborhoods, while also continuing their attempt to capture the Aleppo Citadel inside the Old Aleppo Quarter.
Initially, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies were able to make small gains in the aforementioned areas; however, after almost 6 hours of fierce firefights, the militants were overwhelmed by the large presence of SAA and NDF soldiers entrenched around the neighborhoods.
At 6:45 P.M., the New Aleppo Quarter was declared under complete control of the Syrian Armed Forces, while intense clashes persisted near the Old Bath House in the Old Aleppo Quarter.
According to a military source, New Aleppo faced a severe threat from the Islamist groups, but they were eventually marginalized and unable to make any advances – he also added that the battle for Old Aleppo is still ongoing, with neither side making any progress.
In northern Aleppo, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies stormed the NDF-controlled village of Bashkoy; however, the assault was foiled by the Syrian Armed Forces.
Northeast of Bashkoy, Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen attempted to capture the cluster of farms in Duwayr Al-Zeitoun, but they shared the same fate as their allies in Bashkoy.
The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) repeatedly bombed the Islamist forces traveling on the Haretan Highway in northern Aleppo; this resulted in the obstruction of Jabhat Al-Nusra reinforcements to Aleppo City.