URFA – Militants of the al-Nusra Front (Syria’s branch of al-Qaeda) pounded Tuesday the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo city, northern Syria, and imposed a blockade on the area, military sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News, an informed source said that al-Nusra Front militants tried to advance towards the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud Tuesday evening, shelling the neighborhood with dozens of mortars and ‘hell cannon’.
“The operation led to the death of at least nine civilians of civilians, including women and children, beside causing material damage to the residential buildings,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
“Al-Nusra imposed a blockade on the neighborhood, cutting off the roads of Shukef and Kastillo,” the source added.
The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are trying to stop al-Nusra advances in the region, activists reported without further details.
In the meantime, the Rebels Army (Jaish al-Thuwar) captured al-Faisal station on the road of Azaz–Aleppo subsequent to heavy clashes with al-Nusra fighters and Ahrar al-Sham Movement.
Also on Tuesday, al-Nusra Front launched an assault on the Basoufan village in Afrin suburbs, where Kurds constitute a majority, in Aleppo province, activists reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Afrin, media activist Omer Hassan said that al-Nusra fighters are locked in fierce clashes with the Kurdish forces in the vicinity of the village of Basoufan ــwhich is linked administratively to the Shirawa sub-district in the western countryside of Afrin.
“Al-Nusra Front attacked the area with a large number of insurgents and heavy weapons,” Hassan added, pointing out “at least five Nusra militants were killed in clashes with the Kurdish YPG forces”.
“The Kurdish fighters were able to destroy a Dushka machine gun during the clashes that continued until Tuesday midnight,” the source concluded.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News
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