The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade) – have entered the eastern neighborhoods of the Handarat Refugee Camp in northern Aleppo after a violent battle with the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
With the capture of the Handarat factories earlier today, the Syrian Armed Forces have made a rapid advance towards the strategic Castillo Roundabout, which is considered one of the most important sites in the Aleppo Governorate due to its location along the Castillo Highway.
In addition to the attack in the eastern neighborhoods of the Handarat Camp, the Syrian Armed Forces are also progressing along Jabal Handarat in order to recapture the ‘Ard Al-Mallah Farms.
This latest offensive by the Syrian Armed Forces is meant to alleviate the pressure being applied by the extremist rebels on the predominately Kurdish Sheikh Maqsoud District.
Sheikh Maqsoud has recently been the target for Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) continued aggression against the civilians of Aleppo City.