Around 4pm on Tuesday, Islamist fighters of the Idlib-based Jaish al-Fateh rebel coalition launched two major simultaneous attacks on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in southern Aleppo.
One assault was launched at the towns of Barneh and Zitah while the other aimed at seizing the government stronghold of Khan Touman.
However, the SAA was well prepared for today’s rebel offensive as they had gathered intel from drones and local informants who suggested an imminent rebel attack was in the making at the southern Aleppo front.
Subsequently, both rebel attacks failed miserably. Within two hours, more than 30 rebel fighters were slain during the attack on Khan Touman and the entire offensive had been repelled almost before it had even started.
According to an al-Masdar source based in Aleppo, Syrian jets pounded jihadist positions west of Khan Touman with barely minutes between each airstrike, thus destroying two rebel tanks.
Meanwhile, an SAA anti-tank crew managed to take down two additional tanks who tried to advance from the rebel-held district of al-Rashideen (north of Khan Touman).
While the 2nd offensive at Barneh and Zitah did enjoy some preliminary advances, it was quickly called off as the situation turned critical on the Khan Touman front.
Thereby, Syrian rebels were unable to gain any ground in southern Aleppo today.
Now, Islamist commanders have been forced back to the drawing board if they are to succeed in making new advances in southern Aleppo other than Al-Eis which was captured nearly 3 weeks ago.
Pictures have been released by the SAA covering today’s offensive: