According to Russian military’s General Staff, approximately 7,000 militants have amassed outside Aleppo.
Armed groups have gathered around 7,000 militants on the south-western approaches to Syria’s city of Aleppo, Head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff Sergei Rudskoi said on Wednesday during a briefing published on YouTube.
“The most alarming situation has developed on the south-western approaches to Aleppo where terrorists have created a grouping of about 7,000 gunmen over the week with tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery and vehicles with armament mounted on them…”
The Russian General added that armed groups – especially Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants (formerly known as Al Nusra Front) have been pulling in additional militants from Idlib, Homs and Hama.
The development comes after the Syrian and Russian military, backed by Hezbollahand other allies completely encircled the city, captured arms dumps and blocked deliveries of munitions into opposition-controlled areas.
Russia today announced three-hour ceasefires every day in Aleppo starting from Thursday to allow humanitarian convoys to enter the city safely.