Seven killed in Syria’s Aleppo by militant mortar attacks

Published June 18th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Fierce clashes raged overnight on the edges of Syria's second city Aleppo after a major rebel offensive. (AFP/File)
Fierce clashes raged overnight on the edges of Syria's second city Aleppo after a major rebel offensive. (AFP/File)

The attacks targeted the northwestern city's Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood on Saturday, Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel reported.

In another development, Syria Now website reported that army forces had stricken a southern Aleppo countryside, killing Abdul-Rahman Abu-Sayyaf, the al-Nusra Front militant group's military commander. Al-Nusra is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

Elsewhere in the northwest, a booby trap went off in the city of Idlib, inflicting injury on a number of civilians.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), meanwhile, said army units had destroyed vehicles and positions belonging to the militant group of Daesh in the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr.

Early in June, the Syrian army entered Raqqah Province for the first time since 2014, when Daesh unleashed its campaign of violence inside Syria. The army has been advancing toward the provincial capital city, also named Raqqah, which is considered the group's headquarters.

The potential recapture of Raqqah in Syria and the Iraqi city of Mosul — Daesh's headquarters in northern Iraq, which likewise awaits liberation operations — would mark the ultimate blow to Daesh.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimate that over 400,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.


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