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Tuesday, September 27

"Syrian Army seizes Aleppo’s central district from terrorists – state media"

"The source pointed out that an army unit destroyed command sites for terrorist organizations through detonating a tunnel in al-Izaa neighborhood along with all terrorists inside it."
-- From SANA's report today Updated-The army establishes control over new areas in Aleppo, Damascus countryside

Published time: 27 Sep, 2016 15:41 [local time]
Edited time: 27 Sep, 2016 20:40

Syrian government forces have re-captured Aleppo’s central district of al-Farafirah from terrorists, state outlet SANA reported, citing army sources.

According to SANA, the Syrian Army is now in control of al-Farafirah with sappers currently clearing the area from “mines and improvised explosive devices planted by terrorists.”

“The army retook control of the entire al-Farafirah district northwest of the Aleppo citadel after neutralizing many terrorists. Units are now demining the area,” AFP quoted a military source as saying.

After their retreat, the terrorists left munitions and weapons, including large-caliber machine guns, RIA Novosti reports, citing another source with knowledge of the matter.

“We have been able for the first time in several years to move the front in Aleppo,” the Russian news agency’s source said.

It added that the Syrian Army suffered no losses in the operation, which began in the early hours of Tuesday.

The district of Al-Farafirah is located north-west of Aleppo’s main historical landmark, the Citadel – a large medieval fortified palace in the center of the old city. Syrian troops are also demining in other districts in Aleppo, including that of al-Ramusi.

The area, liberated about three weeks ago, is considered extremely important since it is used by humanitarian convoys to deliver food and medicine to people in the war-ravaged city.

Aid delivery, in particular to the city of Aleppo, is one of the main parts of the agreement reached between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, on September 9 in Geneva.

The deal, however, suffered a major blow when a UN-led humanitarian convoy heading to Aleppo was attacked on September 19. One aid worker and 20 civilians died as a result, according to a Red Cross representative. It is still not clear who was behind the attack.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations said last week that they plan to resume aid convoys. Rights groups and the UN have repeatedly condemned the dire situation in Aleppo. It is estimated that nearly 250,000 people inside the city are short of food, medicine and other basics.

In July this year, the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria and the country’s government established several corridors for civilians willing to escape Aleppo.

The plight of the population in the war-ravaged city has been worsened by the repeated shelling from terrorist groups in the past two weeks, according to the Russian military.

On September 19, Al-Nusra Front terrorists launched a massive advance on the Syrian Army and residential areas in southwest Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said at the time. According to the ministry, terrorists used “mortars and missile systems.”


September 27, 2016 - 5:31 [local time]
Gov't Troops Launch Fresh Round of Offensive in Aleppo

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces engaged in tough battle with Jeish al-Fatah in Aleppo's Southwestern districts and its Northern countryside, opposition sources said minutes ago, adding that Syrian fighter jets have been pounding militants' centers across the province round the clock since this morning.

"Syrian government forces stormed Jeish al-Fatah's positions in Housing Project 1070, near al-Ramouseh's Southern corridor, inflicting major casualties on the militants," the sources said, adding, "Should the Syrian soldiers capture the project 1070, they will enter simply the militant-held areas in all the Southern and Eastern parts of Aleppo city."

In the meantime, the Syrian army and Liwa al-Quds fighters have continued their attacks on Jeish al-Fatah's positions in the Handarat Palestinian Refugees Camp too," they added.

"The Syrian fighter jets have launched heavy air assaults on militants' positions in Dar al-Ezzah, Qabtan al-Jabal, Kafr Hamra, Anadan and Hayyan," the sources went on to say.

Earlier today, pro-government troops pushed terrorists back in a Central neighborhood Northwest of the 'Citadel of Aleppo'.

Syrian government forces, after hours of intense battle, inflicted a heavy death toll on the terrorists and seized full control over al-Farafareh neighborhood.

The Syrian army's engineering units have launched an operation to defuse mines and explosive devices planted by the militants in residential and shopping areas.



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