Scores killed as opposition fighters launched new formation in Syria’s Aleppo

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Rebels of the newly formed body of al-Shamiya Front in Aleppo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Two members of the pro-regime security forces were reportedly killed Sunday afternoon, during clashes with fighters from the newly formed rebel faction of al-Shamiya Front in the area of Khan Shooneh in the old city of Aleppo, in northern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Imad Hussein said that fighters from the Shamiya Front infiltrated the regime’s positions in the Khan Shooneh area near the ancient citadel of Aleppo.

“This resulted in clashes between both sides, causing the death of at least two members of the pro-regime security forces,” Hussein reported quoting a commander from Shamiya Front. “No casualties were reported in the ranks of Shamiya Front.”

The clashes came one day after the formation of the anti-Assad rebel group of the Shamiya Front where military commander Abu Bakr, in a videotape published online, declared to the Iranian militias –which fight on the side of the regime’s forces– to recognize the Syrian revolution and the Syrian people’s option.

Among the most prominent factions working under the banner of the newly formed group of Shamiya Front are the Islamic Front, the Army of Mujahideen, Noureddin Zanki Movement, Fastaqim Kama Umirt battalion in addition to the Asala wa-Tanimiya Front.

Meanwhile, two fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were killed on Sunday during clashes with the forces of the regime, in the Ard al-Milah area in the northern suburb of Aleppo.

This coincided with the bombardment of the al-Mwasalat and al-Shaar neighborhoods in Aleppo by the pro-Assad heavy artillery.

In Afrin, activist Rezan Jian reported that a car bomb attack targeted the vicinity of a YPG checkpoint in the village of Qitma (15 km from the town of Afrin), causing the death of five people and the injury of several others. 

“The wounded were transferred to Afrin hospital in the city of Afrin, amid a state of alert among the YPG fighters in the area,” Jian told ARA News on Sunday. 

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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