The Nusra Front, supported by Ansar ad-Din Front, announced it began the storming of the pro-regime towns of Nubul and Zahra, north of Aleppo, on Thursday afternoon.
An Al-Manara al-Baydaa correspondent confirmed the rebels pounded regime fortifications in the towns of Nubul and Zahra with more than 500 locally-produced mortars. Dozens of mercenaries were wounded and killed in the attack, destroying the first line of defense in the two towns.
The reporter said rebels began storming with medium machine guns, taking over important strategic points controlled by Assad's militias, and that the battle is still raging on. The rebels are currently advancing on the two towns, which were transformed by regime forces into military barracks.
Activists reported regime artillery forces stationed in Ramouseh began shelling the towns of Mayer, Deir Jamal and Bayanoun in the vicinity of the towns of Nubul and Zahra, in an attempt to prevent the advance of the rebels.