70 killed in bat­tles north of Syria’s Aleppo

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—At least 70 regime and rebel fight­ers have been killed in 24 hours in a gov­ern­ment as­sault and a mil­i­tant-led coun­ter­at­tack in north­ern Syria, a mon­i­tor said Fri­day.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said 30 regime sol­diers and 39 rebel fight­ers had been killed in bat­tles around Al-Maleh, north of Aleppo, since Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Mil­i­tants fight­ing for the Al-Nusra Front, the Syr­ian branch of AlQaeda, were also killed, said Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami ports op­po­si­tion forces.

For nearly a week, regime troops backed by Syr­ian and Rus­sian war­planes have been bat­tling for con­trol of Al-Maleh. As­sad’s regime is also at­tempt­ing to cut the Castello Road, a key sup­ply route from the Turk­ish bor­der to rebel-held eastern sub­urbs of Aleppo.

The pro-regime web­site Al-Mas­dar News re­ported that the Syr­ian army with­drew from the farms of Al-Maleh as they faced a rebel counter-of­fen­sive led by the Al-Nusra Front. It said rebels at­tacked

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