Syrian army units stationed in the western outskirts of Aleppo city successfully intercepted and shot down three drones in the city’s airspace on Saturday evening, preventing them from reaching their intended targets. This interception coincided with the army’s ongoing missile and artillery strikes aimed at the positions of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)(Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies) in the western countryside of Aleppo.
Confidential sources informed Athr Press that the army managed to down the first drone as it approached the vicinity of the military academy southwest of the city. Shortly thereafter, they successfully brought down a second drone equipped with an advanced camera that was flying over the western area of the city. A third drone flying over the neighbourhoods west of the city met the same fate.
A field source confirmed to Athr Press that none of the city’s sites or points, whether civilian or military, were targeted during this incident. The anti-aircraft defences responded promptly, neutralizing the drones before they could reach their intended destinations.
In a related development, the towns of Nubl and Zahra in the northern countryside of Aleppo were subjected to two waves of rocket attacks launched by HTS and other pro-Turkish factions from their positions in the northern and western countryside of Aleppo. The first wave of shelling resulted in the injury of more than twenty civilians, with injuries ranging from minor to severe. One critically injured individual was transferred to a hospital in Aleppo for urgent treatment. Local sources in Nubl reported that the rocket strikes caused extensive damage to several houses in the town.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army continued its missile and artillery strikes against the positions of HTS in the western countryside of Aleppo. During the recent operations, the army concentrated its firepower on the main headquarters of HTS near the town of Darat Azza, one of the group’s key strongholds in the western Aleppo region.
The intense rocket and artillery barrages inflicted significant damage on three major facilities belonging to HTS, resulting in casualties among their personnel. Additionally, multiple ammunition depots and various military vehicles were destroyed in the strikes.
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