Dozens killed as rebels combat pro-Assad forces in Aleppo

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Rebels of the Free Syrian Army in Idlib, northern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Saturday, clashes broke out between rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and pro-Assad army forces in the city of Aleppo, as the FSA fighters were trying to secure a major supply line, local sources reported.

The clashes, which took place in the area of Handarat in northern Aleppo, came one day after similar clashes claimed the lives of 15 pro-regime army forces as well as 12 rebels of the FSA.  

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several rebel battalions have launched an operation to try to secure the Handarat area.

“They are trying to expel the army from hills captured by the regime in recent days,” the Observatory reported on Saturday.

Handarat area has been under the control of the pro-Assad Shiite militants of Hezbollah for a month now, after the withdrawal of the Syrian rebels. 

“Should the army take over the whole area, it could bring rebel areas of Aleppo city under total siege,” the head of the Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said. 

Noteworthy, Aleppo has been divided since a rebel offensive in summer 2012 between loyalist sectors on its west side and rebel territory on the east.

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News 

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