70 fight­ers dead in Aleppo clashes

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—At least 70 fight­ers have been killed in less than 24 hours of fierce clashes be­tween proregime forces, ex­trem­ists and rebels in Syria’s Aleppo prov­ince, a mon­i­tor said Wed­nes­day.

Pro-regime fight­ers — backed by regime and Rus­sian air strikes — re­took the vil­lages of Zay­tan and Kha­lasa to the south­west of Aleppo city af­ter los­ing them sev­eral hours ear­lier, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said.

Euro­pean fight­ers on the ground The Syr­ian gov­ern­ment said on Wed­nes­day French and Ger­man forces were present in north­ern Syria, an ac­cu­sa­tion de­nied by Ger­many.

Syr­ian state me­dia said the gov­ern­ment strongly con­demned the pres­ence of French and Ger­man forces in Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani, and Man­bij.

“Syria...con­sid­ers it ex­plicit and un­jus­ti­fied ag­gres­sion to­wards (Syria’s) sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence,” state news agency SANA quoted the for­eign min­istry as say­ing.

Ger­many’s de­fence min­istry de­nied that Ger­man spe­cial forces were in north­ern Syria and said re­peated claims by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment to this ef­fect were not and had never been true.

“There are no Ger­man spe­cial forces in Syria. The ac­cu­sa­tion is false,” a min­istry spokesman said.—Agen­cies

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