A rebel fighter of the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army gestures while standing with his fellow fighter near their weapons at the front line in the north-west countryside of Deraa, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The Islamist rebel factions of Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” launched a late night assault on the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate, targeting the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions at Mail Street and Jamiyat Salahiddeen inside the Al-Ashrafiyah District.

According to a military source, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Shamiyah and Jabhat Al-Nusra stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at midnight on Monday, when a large joint contingent of the aforementioned Islamist factions attempted to capture the contested Mail Street inside the Al-Ashrafiyah District of central Aleppo.

Unfortunately for the Islamist rebel factions, they ran into the Syrian Armed Forces’ stiff defenses at the northern sector of the Al-Ashrafiyah District; this resulted in a high casualty number for Jabhat Al-Shamiyah and Jabhat Al-Nusra, as the Syrian Arab Army swept through this street block after fierce clashes with the Islamist rebel fighters.

In addition to the intense clashes at the Al-Ashrafiyah, the Islamist rebels and the Syrian Armed Forces engaged one another in a series of fierce firefights at the Al-Hikmat School, where the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham attempted to bypass the SAA’s defensive positions at this site inside the provincial capital of Aleppo.

 

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