The extremist rebels have suffered a great loss of life and military equipment during their large-scale offensive in southern Aleppo on Saturday, making this day the bloodiest since the cessation of hostilities agreement was first put in place.
Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) led this offensive in southern Aleppo on Saturday morning, targeting the strategic town of Khan Touman along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).
The aforementioned Al-Qaeda affiliate would be accompanied by several rebel groups in southern Aleppo, including Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Shamiya, the Free Syrian Army’s “Division 16”, Ajnad Al-Sham, and Faylaq Al-Sham.
The rebel forces were able to seize the strategic village of Al-Khalidayah at first, paving the way for their eventual attacks on Khan Touman, Zaytan, and Birnah.
However, they did not experience the same luck at Khan Touman, thanks in large part to the stiff defenses of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah forces that were protecting this strategic town.
According to an Al-Masdar correspondent in Damascus City, the rebel forces lost well over 30 combatants, along with 2 tanks and 3 pick-up trucks that were mounted with 23 mm anti-aircraft machine guns at Khan Touman.
In addition to being repelled at Khan Touman, the rebel forces are still trying to advance at Birnah and Zaytan; however, they have been unsuccessful thus far.
If the rebel forces plan on holding Al-Khalidiyah, they will need to take Khan Touman because the latter overlooks this village.