Army of Conquest Announces New Stage of ‘Great Battle’ for Aleppo

Opposition factions declare beginning of effort to entirely expel Assad forces and allied militants from the city of Aleppo amid news of rebel advances

The factions of the Army of Conquest announced on Sunday the start of a new stage of the battle to entirely expel regime forces from the city of Aleppo, according to a statement published by the rebel alliance.

The key rebel group announced in its statement “the start of a new stage of the full liberation of Aleppo” saying it would increase the number of its fighters in accordance with what was required by this assault, which it called the “Great Battle.”

In its statement, the Army of Conquest directed messages to the regime forces, calling on them to seize the moment and defect, and to Aleppo residents to reassure them it would not harm any person who was not supporting the regime, and to opposition fighters, calling on them to assist the residents of Aleppo.

The announcement of the new battle comes after opposition forces managed to break the siege on the eastern districts of Aleppo and inflict heavy losses on regime forces and allied foreign militias.

Regarding developments on the ground, the rebel group and other opposition fighters announced they had taken control of the entrance to the districts which the regime controls in the west of Aleppo.

Opposition fighters published photos showing them seizing regime checkpoints in the Ramousa district of the city, as well as pictures of the remains of weapons, ammunition, tools and clothes regime fighters were using before they fled. Photos also showed the Ramousa bakery, one of the bases of the regime forces.

The armed opposition forces also announced they had stopped an attempt by regime forces to cut their supply route after assistance was brought into the city’s eastern districts.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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