Tiger groups with support from Hezbollah’s elite and Russian shelling advance from 2 areas towards al-Khafseh • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Tiger groups with support from Hezbollah’s elite and Russian shelling advance from 2 areas towards al-Khafseh

The military operations of the regime forces supported by loyalist gunmen of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities continue seeking to achieve their goal, through controlling the largest possible area of ​​the countryside of Aleppo, and extend their control over it, and to reduce the “Islamic State” organization’s controlled areas in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, and heading towards the western banks of the Euphrates River, to reach al-Khafseh area near the river, which supplies water to Aleppo city, the Syrian Observatory for human rights monitored the regime forces’ start of escalating their operation in 2 areas, where the regime forces advance from the northern countryside of Deir Hafer by attempting to advance towards villages located to the east of the areas where the regime forces advanced to in the past days and weeks, the regime forces also managed yesterday to restore a new village in this area, while the regime forces are advancing from a second area, which is the southeast of al-Bab area, starting from the villages they controlled when they drew the borders in the past three days with the Turkish forces and factions of the “Euphrates Shield” operation.

The first area in the countryside of Deir Hafer is still more than 20 kilometers away of Al-Khafseh area, while the regime in the southwestern countryside of al-Bab is about 19 kilometers away from Al-Khafseh area, while a few kilometers are separating both areas of each other, where the regime forces supported by gunmen loyal to them and the elite forces of the Lebanese Hezbollah and with the support from the Russian artillery, are trying to disperse the “Islamic State” organization and weaken it, through the intense shelling and successive advancement, to reach Al-Khafseh water station and regain control of it, in order to restore the water pumping to the second major Syrian cities: Aleppo, where hundreds of thousands of its citizens are suffering from thirst for nearly 7 consecutive weeks, where the thirst forced tens of thousands of citizens to seek alternative means to get water, like purchasing water or transporting water to the houses from the wells drilled in specific streets and places in the city, and from wells of the swimming pools and other means that save the citizens from the thirst, with the exploitation of traders and salesmen to the water disruption and continuing to raise the prices of bottled water.