BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels in the western countryside of Aleppo have recently intensified their attacks on the provincial capital, prompting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies to crowd the front-lines.
According to a military source in the provincial capital, a large number of soldiers that were previously fighting in the Al-Safa region of southern Syria were redeployed to western Aleppo to deal with the ongoing jihadist threat.
Among the groups sent to the Aleppo front from Al-Safa were several units from the Syrian Republican Guard and Palestinian-led Al-Quds Brigade.
These forces were previously deployed to the Aleppo front; however, due the pressing need for troops in the Al-Safa region, they were sent to the southern Syria battlefront.
In response to the arrival of government reinforcements in Aleppo, the jihadist rebels have stepped up their attacks on the western part of the provincial capital.
On Wednesday, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched over 15 rockets and artillery shells towards Aleppo’s Nile Street and Al-Zahra’a Association Quarter.
While this did little damage to any buildings, the jihadist rebels were making it clear that they would not be backing down in Aleppo, despite repeated warnings from the Syrian and Russian forces about HTS and their allies remaining in the demilitarized zone to the west of the provincial capital.