Yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) repelled a massive counter-offensive by the newly formed Jaish Halab (Aleppo Army) rebel coalition at a handful of districts east of Aleppo Citadel.
As both sides suffered heavy casualties during the back-and-forth clashes on Monday, the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces then turned their attention to the highly fortified but rather exposed al-Shaar district, fully retaking within hours of a renewed assault on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defence also announced that the SAA had captured the Sheikh Lutfi and Marjeh districts today. However, the latter government advances were not confirmed by Al-Masdar News’ military source covering events in city.
Nevertheless, Syrian government troops will now seek to sweep through the remaining rebel-held districts between the Aleppo Citadel and Optical (Eyes) Hospital.