ALEPPO – Syrian army forces regained control of a key highway southeast of Aleppo on Wednesday, recapturing the government’s only supply route to the city following clashes with the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), local activists reported.
ISIS militants had seized the regime’s supply line last month.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Naser Halabi said that pro-Assad forces were able to regain the key highway of Khanaser-Ithraya which connects Aleppo with the cities of Hama and Homs in the south.
“The road is the only supply route through the regime-held western areas of Aleppo, where nearly 2 million people reside,” he added.
Pro-regime media sources circulated a footage on the social media, showing the road being reopened by the army.
Syrian rebels operate mainly in the eastern part of Aleppo ــthe country’s most populous areas before the outbreak of 2011 uprising.
In October, ISIS had taken control of most of the regime’s checkpoints on the Khanaser-Ithraya road and seized large deal of ammunition from army outposts following fierce clashes.
“Fierce battles continue in Aleppo’s surroundings since months, but Syrian army, supported by Lebanese Hezbollah militia and Iranian fighters, launched an offensive to regain territories from rebels and jihadist groups,” Halabi told ARA news.
“The Assad-Iranian joint operations are aimed at clearing rebel-held areas south of Aleppo rather than the city itself,” he reported.
Since the start of the Russian airstrikes nearly a month ago in support of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, this was one of several operations carried out by pro-Assad ground forces and allied Shiite groups.
Syrian army is also trying to advance to Aleppo’s east towards the Kweires military airport, aiming to lift a siege imposed by ISIS extremists and other factions.
Reporting by: Helin Saeed
Source: ARA News
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