It has been a wild 24 hours inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Iraqi Paramilitary units and Hezbollah have taken control of 13km of territory from the Islamist rebel forces of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
On Saturday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies began their assault by storming the Islamist rebel defenses inside Jamaymah and Maryameen in southern Aleppo, imposing full control over the aforementioned villages after a series of intense firefights with Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
Following the capture of Jamaymah and Maryameen, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies advanced to Musharfah Al-Murayj, where they were confronted by Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham once again; however, for the third time on Saturday, the pro-government forces broke-through the Islamist rebel defenses and imposed control over this village.
Not long after their capture of Musharfah Al-Murayj, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies would push their way into Hamidah on the outskirts of the strategic town of Al-Hadher, capturing this small village before noon on Saturday afternoon.
With four villages already under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies would secure three more, capturing Zaraa, Al-Subihi, and Al-Hamidi in southern Aleppo.
Social media activists from the Syrian Opposition claimed they recaptured Al-Qurassi and Tal Huwayz; however, this has yet to be confirmed.