Syrian army recaptures several villages north of Aleppo
Iran Press TV
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:32AM
The Syrian army, backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement, has successfully wrested control of several villages north of Aleppo from foreign-backed militants.
A monitoring group said Tuesday that the Syrian military also blocked a main supply route leading into the northwestern city amid heavy clashes between the two sides.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in UK, said pro-government forces had blocked a road leading north from the city towards the Turkish border.
Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, once served as the country's industrial powerhouse, but it has been split between government-held western part and the militant-held eastern portion since mid-2012.
At least nine people, including three children, were killed in Aleppo after rockets launched by foreign-backed militants struck a government-held neighborhood on Monday.
The fatal militant attack on the Hay al-Seryan neighborhood injured 20 more people.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000 people, according to reports.
New figures indicate that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.
Over 7.2 million Syrians have also become internally displaced due to the ongoing crisis, according to the United Nations.
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