The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After weeks of mobilizing in the area, violent clashes break out north of Aleppo between the regime forces and their allies against the factions with intense exchange of shelling

Aleppo Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory monitored violent clashes since yesterday evening until after midnight of it, in Harbel area and in the northern countryside of Aleppo, between the rebel and Islamic factions against the regime forces and their allies of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, where the clashes were accompanied by heavy and intense shelling by tens of shells exchanged by both parties, where the shells intensely fell on faction-controlled town of Marea, and in contrast, the factions shelled places in Om Hosh, Ihres, and Tal Rifaat where the regime forces and their allies are deployed, and the clashes left casualties in the ranks of both parties, but no information about injuries due to the exchange of shelling.

The Syrian Observatory published previously that it monitored mobilizations by the regime forces and the Iranian forces and gunmen loyal to them in both northern and north-eastern sectors of Aleppo countryside, where the contact areas with the rebel and Islamic factions which operate in the area and most of which are supported by the Turkish forces, are located, where these mobilizations have started since the beginning of September 2018, through bringing more military reinforcements of tanks, armored vehicles and heavy and medium weapons in addition to fighters, along with the movements of the Syrian opposition of rebel and Islamic factions as well as the Turkish forces’ fortifications to their positions, and the Syrian Observatory learned that the reinforcements that began to arrive in the area since the 2nd of September 2018, of the Iranian forces the regime forces, have reached more than 5000 members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian, Arab, and Asian nationalities, and tens of vehicles, armored vehicles, and tanks have spread over an areas extending from al-Shahba dam area to the contact lines with Afrin, passing through Om Hosh, Tal Rifaat, Harbel, Ein Daqneh, Menagh airport, Deir Jamal, and the surroundings of Nubl and Zahra, and areas in the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo, while areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo witnessed exchange of targeting between the regime forces against the factions in the controlled areas of each of them in the area, and these reinforcements also coincided with the receiving points by Jaysh al-Islam on the contact points with the regime forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo, after a consensus with a faction supported by Turkey for Jaysh al-Islam to receive the points, where Jaysh al-Islam restructured itself and reassembled its forces, while the regime forces are carrying out this mobilizations and fortification in Aleppo countryside, fearing an attack that may target their location in case the battle of Idlib was launched, for which they have mobilized more than 2000 military armored vehicle and tens of thousands of members of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, most of them were brought from fronts that previously witnessed clashes against the “Islamic State” organization or the rebel and Islamic factions.