المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After new advance in it countryside… hundreds of meters separates the regime forces from completing the siege on al-Bab city and its vicinity with support from Hezbollah and Russian artillery

Clashes violently continue in the southern countryside of al-Bab city in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, between the members of the “Islamic State” organization against the regime forces supported by the elite forces of the Lebanese Hezbollah backed by Russian artillery battalions, the clashes are focused east of Aran town, where the regime forces managed to achieve an advancement and control of Awishiyya village, and that enabled the regime forces to achieve advancement toward the road from Tedef to the eastern countryside of Aleppo and Al-Raqqah, where now less than 2 km separate the regime forces from achieving an effective control on the road and close it in the face of the “Islamic State” organization between Tedef and al-Bab in one area; and the eastern countryside of Aleppo and Al-Raqqah from another area, and with controlling the road the regime forces will be completed the siege on al-Bab city and its vicinity, and surrounded the organization’s members in these areas.

The operations of the advancing and controlling by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, comes with the Turkish forces’ failure once more in holding the control in the areas they advanced to in the past 24 hours, and losing Bzaah town of which they controlled yesterday, hours after expelling the “Islamic State” organization of it, where the “Islamic State” organization carried out counter strike and detonated booby trapped vehicles and set up ambushes , which caused casualties among the fighters of the Turkish forces and “Euphrates Shield”, while the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them controlled yesterday Aran town, and now, they are less than 5 kilometers away of al-Bab city, which is the largest strongholds of the “Islamic State” organization in Syria, and killed at least 14 members of the organization, also several other members of the regime forces were killed and injured.

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