ALEPPO – Clashes broke out on Thursday between Syrian rebels of the Levant Front and militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the northern countryside of Aleppo, military sources reported.
Subsequent to fierce clashes, ISIS militants reportedly captured the town of Qereh Kubri on the border with Turkey, forcing rebel fighters of the Levant Front to evacuate their headquarters there.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Mahmoud Nimr, spokesman for the Levant Front, said that ISIS militants attacked their headquarters in Qereh Kubri with a number of mortar shells, killing and wounding several rebels.
“Then clashes broke out between our fighters and ISIS terrorists in the vicinity of Qereh Kubri. We were eventually obliged to evacuate the town in order to avoid more losses,” the Levant Front’s spokesman said.
“ISIS has apparently received large reinforcements from its headquarters in Manbij. The terrorists were highly prepared for today’s clashes,” he said.
In the meantime, the radical group launched a mortar attack on the rebel-held town of Marea north of Aleppo, causing casualties among civilians.
“At least seven civilians were killed and 11 others were wounded in the ISIS shelling on Marea on Thursday,” local civil rights activist Ahmed Ghannam told ARA News.
“The shelling caused the destruction of several residential buildings and infrastructures in Marea,” the source reported.
This comes after ISIS militants lost several strategic areas in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo to the western-backed alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News
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