Rebels, Nusra Front Advance Near Aleppo, 50 Regime Soldiers Killed

Opposition forces take a number of towns and villages in the northern province as fighting between rebels and regime soldiers continues

Syrian rebel groups led by Nusra Front have recaptured ground from regime troops and their allies in the northern and southern countryside of Aleppo, with fighting still underway, a rebel commander told Zaman al-Wasl Sunday.

Rebels and Nusra fighters have seized Hwayiz, al-Shagila, al-Hemaidi villages, as well as al-Qarasi and Jameeiya hills, while regime forces seized control of the towns of Maryamin and Jmeima, south of Aleppo.

Abu al-Abbas, a Nusra Front field commander, told Zaman al-Wasl that 50 regime soldiers were killed in Nusra's counterattack which began early Saturday.

The Nusra Front posted footage online showing its advance as Russian warplanes extended their air strikes on eastern and southern Aleppo.

At least 64 people, including 28 children, have been killed by Syrian army and Russian air raids in Aleppo in the past 24 hours, activists said on Saturday.

The raids hit Aleppo city and a number of towns and villages elsewhere in the province, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as Syrian regime forces backed by Russian air cover intensified bombardments against insurgents throughout the country, according to Reuters.


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