DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:10 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force launched their first airstrikes over western Aleppo today after taking a brief hiatus to encourage rebel fighters to allow civilians to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of the city.
However, the rebels responded to the Russian request by launching a massive offensive to lift the siege on the eastern neighborhoods, while also preventing civilians from leaving the area.
According to a military source, the Russian Air Force conducted several airstrikes over the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project and Dahiyat Al-Assad Suburb on Friday, killing several members of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) amid their ongoing offensive.
Video footage of the Russian airstrikes in western Aleppo was captured by Hezbollah’s media wing on Friday; it shows a Russian Su-34 attacking jihadist positions.
Intense clashes are now ongoing at the southwestern corner of the 3000 Housing Project, as the jihadist rebels attempt to advance against the Syrian Army defenders.