Syrian rebel fighters repulse ISIS attack on strategic town north Aleppo

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Syrian rebels fire a mortar towards regime forces stationed at Kwiriss airport in Al-Bab. Photo: AFP

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Fierce clashes broke out Friday between the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) and the Syrian rebel group of ash-Shamiya Front in the northern countryside of Aleppo, northern Syria, leaving several casualties in the ranks of the warring parties, military sources reported. 

This coupled with the exchange of rocket and artillery fire between the two sides near the strategic town of Maree.

Rebels were able to stop ISIS advance in northern Aleppo after several landmines planted in the nearby villages exploded.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel field commander Saleh al-Zein confirmed that fighters of ash-Shamiya Front were able to repel an attempt by ISIS to storm the town of Maree on Friday evening.

“Fierce clashes erupted between our fighters and ISIS militants on the southern side of the town, where heavy weapons have been used,” he said. “At least seven ISIS terrorists were killed and dozens others were injured.” 

“Three rebel fighters were also killed in the clashes,” al-Zein told ARA News.

“As ISIS extremists withdrew under our blows, several landmines planted in the surrounding agricultural land exploded, during which several ISIS extremists were killed,” al-Zein told ARA News, pointing out “we have planted landmines in several villages in the vicinity of Mare, including Herbel, Oum Housh, Tel Qarra, Harjala and al-Bil.”

The terror group has been in control of large areas of the northern countryside of Aleppo after storming the strategic points of Infantry School, Juvenile Prison and the Free Zone in the province. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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