On Tuesday afternoon, the Jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki launched a new offensive that targeted the Syrian government controlled Al-Zahra Association Quarter in west Aleppo.
The Jihadist rebels began the assault by detonating a large tunnel bomb underneath the dilapidated Air Force Intelligence building in the Al-Zahra Quarter; this explosion could be heard as far east as the Old Aleppo District. Following the massive explosion, the Jihadist rebels stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defences in the Al-Zahra Quarter, resulting in a fierce battle that lasted for several hours on Tuesday.
The Syrian Armed Forces were finally able to beat back the Jihadist rebels after killing as many as 70 of them at the Air Force Intelligence (AFI) building and the Great Prophet Mosque of Aleppo City. According to a military source in Aleppo City, the entire Al-Zahra Quarter has been secured by the Syrian Armed Forces, including the Zahra-Layramoun axis that was under heavy attack.