Rebel attack destroys regime military base, leaves casualties in northern Syria
The al-Tahrir wal-Bina Movement, affiliated to the opposition-Syrian National Army (SNA), targeted a building with heavy artillery near the town of Tadif in the Aleppo governorate, sources told The New Arab’s sister site, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
The headquarters – housing the regime army’s Fourth Division - a military defender and ammunition were destroyed in the shelling, the sources said, adding that Syrian soldiers were also killed and wounded without specifying the death toll.
Al-Tahrir wal-Bina released a statement confirming the attack.
Saturday’s attack reportedly came in retaliation to the targeting of a site belonging to the al-Tahrir wal-Bina Movement by Syrian regime forces earlier.
It also comes after a similar attack by the SNA-linked group on 23 July also in Tadif, which targeted regime positions inside the town and left at least seven regime soldiers killed.
That allegedly came in response to a Russian airstrike on a border village west of Aleppo, which left seven civilians killed, including four children.
The Syrian regime has renewed artillery and missile shelling on various areas in Syria’s northwest in recent days, as it prepared for a Turkish operation in the country.
Many Turkish-backed rebel groups are active in northern Syria, parts of which are under Ankara’s control, such as the SNA.
The 11-year conflict is estimated to have killed more than half a million people and left millions more displaced.