After seizing Khan Touman and positions in vicinity, regime forces reach the outskirts of international highway M5 in southern rural Aleppo
Syrian Observatory sources report that regime forces, backed by foreign pro-Iranian militias, made new advances in southern rural Aleppo, where they managed to capture the factory of bulgur and other positions in the vicinity of Khan Touman town, hours after capturing the town with heavy air and ground support and continued attempts and attacks lasted for days.
Khan Touman town has a great strategic importance due to its location, close to the Damascus-Aleppo international highway and overlooking several areas and locations.
SOHR learned that regime forces were able to control Jamiyet Al Sahafiyeen in western rural Aleppo, therefore, regime forces and loyalists have taken control of Khan Touman, the warehouses of Khan Touman, Tal Al-Zaytoun, Al-Rashidin Al Khamiseh, Jamiyet Al Sahafiyeen and Maraata, as well as other sites, points and hills in western and southern rural Aleppo, since the fighting began on Friday evening, the 24th of this month.
In Idlib, clashes continue between regime forces and loyalists on one hand, and opposition factions on the other, on frontlines in eastern and south-eastern areas of Idlib, sources informed the Syrian Observatory that regime forces were able to make new advances on their way to Saraqeb and reached the outskirts of the town, after capturing Tal Mardikh, Jobas, Hertamia and Qamhana, making regime forces about two km away from Saraqeb.
The number of areas that have been captured by regime forces, since Friday evening 24th of this month, rose to 33, (Telmans, Ma’ar Shmasha, Dier Sharqi, Dier Gharbi, Ma’arshamarin, Ma’rata, Al-Ghadfa, Marshourin, Al-Za’alana, Al-Dana, Tal Al-Sheikh, Sawami’e, Khirbet Mzayan, Masaran, Bsida and Taqana, Babolin, Kafr Bassin, Ma’arhatat, Hamidia, Dar es Salaam, Salhiya, Kafruma, Ma’rat al-Numan, Wadi Al-Dayif, Hantotin, al-Jarada, Ruwayha, Qahiriya, Ain Halban, Tal al-Dibis, Khan al-Sobul and Ma’ardabsi, Tal Mardikh, Jobas, Hertamia and Qamhana.)
The Syrian Observatory documented more heavy casualties between the warring sides due to air and ground bombardments and violent clashes since the evening of 24th of this month, where the death toll of regime forces and loyalists rose to 192, including six members of Iran-backed foreign militias, while the death toll of opposition fighters rose to 209, of whom 155 jihadist fighters.