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General Staff: Militants tried to break through into Aleppo but failed
Thursday, 03 November 2016 07:29

Militants on Oct. 28 made an attempt to break through into eastern Aleppo and out of it, but sustained heavy losses and were rolled back, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s main operations directorate, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said on Nov. 3.

Militant groups used the moratorium on flights by Russian and Syrian warplanes over Aleppo to launch active combat operations starting from Oct. 28. There was an attempt to break through into the eastern part of the city towards the Al-Assad Academy. Militants sealed off inside eastern Aleppo tried to launch an offensive in the opposite direction in the area of the humanitarian corridor near the Suk al-Hai market.

"All of the militants’ attacks were rolled back. The terrorists sustained heavy losses, including 21 tanks, 10 BMP armored vehicles, six multiple rocket launchers, 14 mortar crews, 80 trucks armed with heavy machine-guns, and twelve motor vehicles loaded with explosives and driven by suicide bombers," Rudskoy said.

"Militants’ attempts to break out from northern Aleppo on Nov. 1 failed, too," Rudskoy said.

He recalled that on instructions from Russian President Vladimir Putin the Defense Ministry would take a humanitarian pause in Aleppo from 09:00 to 19:00 on Nov. 4. The militants are invited to use the ten-hour lull to leave the city with their weapons using two corridors.

The militants ignored all of the previous humanitarian pauses. Moreover, the leaders of the terrorist group Nour al-Din az-Zenki declared that its forces would not leave eastern Aleppo and go on fighting. Rudskoy remarked it was militants of that group who beheaded a child last July.

Source: TASS

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