BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a surprise assault against the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the western part of Aleppo city last night.
Led by the 4th Division and Republican Guard, the Syrian military began the assault by attempting to bypass Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions at the eastern axis of the strategic Aleppo Scientific Research Center.
A fierce battle would ensue between the two warring parties at the Scientific Research Center; this would result in some casualties for the Syrian Arab Army and the militant forces.
However, the Syrian Arab Army was unable to make any progress at this front as the militants managed to foil the main assault on the Scientific Research Center.
The Scientific Research Center is one of the last sites inside the city of Aleppo that is still under the control of any opposition group.
At the same time as this attempted advance, the Syrian Arab Army also unleashed a barrage of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells towards the militant positions in the towns of Kafr Hamra and Khan Al-Sheih.
Last night’s ground assault by the Syrian Army in western Aleppo marked the first time this year that they have attempted to advance their positions at this front.