Syrian Army medium machine gun team during clashes in southern Aleppo (Source: Sputnik / Mikhail Alayeddin).

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 A.M.) – At least three Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed on Sunday, when jihadist rebels opened fire on their positions in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

According to a military communique from Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army came under a heavy attack from a group of jihadist rebels near the town of Khan Touman on Sunday.

The attack was reportedly led by militants from the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham jihadist group; they currently maintain the largest presence of any rebel faction in the southern countryside of the Aleppo province.

Their deadly attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions on Sunday prompted the latter to launch a number of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the jihadist defenses around the Aleppo-Idlib Highway (var. M-5 Highway).

The conflict in the Aleppo province has recently deteriorated between the Syrian military and the jihadist rebels after the latter refused to leave the demilitarized zone and later launched a chemical weapons attack on the western districts of the provincial capital.

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